Where: Macedonia, Greece (40.5° N, 21.7° E: paleocoordinates 40.4° N, 21.5° E)
• coordinate based on nearby landmark
When: Ruscinian (5.3 - 3.2 Ma)
• Pliocene, Early Ruscinian, MN14. 'The A-P-K basin is part of a graben system running in a NW-SE direction from Bitola (Yugoslavia) to Servia. It is suggested that Quaternary faulting caused the fractioning into the Bitola-Florina, the A-P-K and the Kozani-Servia sub-basins.' The Neogene and Pleistocene deposits have been divided into three series, the Basal Series, the Coal Containing Series (subdivided into a. main field beds, b. intermediate sequence and c. south field beds) and the Top Series. 'The main field consist of about 30metres of lignite with intercalations of calcareous muds and lignitic clays. The number and the thicknesses of these intercalations vary from locality to locality. The lignite is well layered and contians a few macroscopic plant remains, xylite is rare. The coal beds contain a variable amount of clay. Molluscs are abundantly present in many coal beds. Intercalated calcareous beds have thicknesses of up to 0.5m; most beds are rich in molluscs and some contain root imprints. A 10 to 20cm thick level of yellowish sand is present in both mines and observed in most boring. This guide level is called layer 9 by the local miners. The site is in the Main field bed, about 8m above layer 9 and 'is a lens within the lignite, it has a thickness of 20cm and a horizontal extension of 4 metres.'
Environment/lithology: mire or swamp; graded, black lignite
Size class: mesofossils
Collection methods: quarrying, chemical, sieve,
• Excavated in 1976 and 1977 by the State University of Utrecht and the Niedersachsisches Landesamt fur Bodenforschung, Hannover.
Primary reference: A. van de Weerd. 1979. Early Ruscinian rodents and lagomorphs (Mammalia) from the lignites near Ptolemais (Macedonia, Greece). Proceedings Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (Serie B) 82:127-170 [A. Turner/H. O'Regan/L. van den Hoek Ostende] more details
Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis
PaleoDB collection 35086: authorized by Alan Turner, entered by Hannah O'Regan on 03.11.2003, edited by Lars van den Hoek Ostende