(Table 1) Stratigraphic occurrence and fossil content of fossiliferous horizons in southern north Victoria Land

In contrast to the adjacent parts of the Transantarctic Mountains, the Mesozoic macrofossil record of north Victoria Land remains poorly documented. During the Ninth German Antarctic North Victoria Land Expedition (GANOVEX IX 2005/2006) twelve fossil sites in southern north Victoria Land were discovered and sampled. Fossils from the Triassic to Early Jurassic Section Peak Formation were collected from Archambault Ridge, Anderton Glacier, Skinner Ridge, Timber Peak, Vulcan Hills, Runaway Hills, Section Peak and Shafer Peak. These localities have yielded abundant fossil wood and compressions of horsetails, ferns, and seed ferns. In addition, several beetle elytra were found at Timber Peak. Fossil localities of the overlying Shafer Peak Formation and Exposure Hill-type deposits occur at Shafer Peak and in the Mount Carson area, and have yielded various trace fossils, permineralized wood, leaf compressions, and conchostracans. Two newly discovered fossil sites are associated with the late Early Jurassic Kirkpatrick lava flows. Upright-standing tree trunks have been recorded at Suture Bench, and highly fossiliferous sedimentary interbeds occur at the southwestern end of the Mesa Range. Of special interest is the exquisite fossil preservation at some of the sites. Compression fossils from Timber Peak and Shafer Peak contain well-preserved cuticles, which is very rare in the Antarctic. An Early Jurassic permineralized deposit at Mount Carson contains structurally preserved ferns. Furthermore, the arthropod fossils from sedimentary interbeds at the Mesa Range are preserved in minute detail, including antennae and limb spines of a blattid insect.

Supplement to: Bomfleur, Benjamin; Schneider, Jörg W; Schöner, Robert; Viereck-Götte, Lothar; Kerp, Hans (2011): Fossil sites in the continental Victoria and Ferrar groups (Triassic–Jurassic) of North Victoria Land, Antarctica. Polarforschung, 80(2), 88-99

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.847230
PID https://hdl.handle.net/10013/epic.37515
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Creator Bomfleur, Benjamin ; Schneider, Jörg W; Schöner, Robert ; Viereck-Götte, Lothar; Kerp, Hans
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2011
Funding Reference German Research Foundation https://doi.org/10.13039/501100001659 Crossref Funder ID 5472008 http://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/5472008 Priority Programme 1158 Antarctic Research with Comparable Investigations in Arctic Sea Ice Areas
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 92 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (161.850W, -74.571S, 163.745E, -73.246N); North Victoria Land