We visited only a couple of Eocene outcrops and for a few hours. We took only some of the outcropping fossils, due to be destroied thtough erosion. We did not disturbe the soil. Our results are therefore poor; we can't give you a good impression of this fauna. Enjoy our pictures nonetheless.
A very good book: "Cenozoic Mollusca of New Zealand" was presented by A.G.Beu and P.A.Maxwell, drawings by R.C.Brazier, New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt, 1990. A lot of shells can be identified with this publication. Also "Marwick's illustrations of New Zealand shells", edited by C.A.Fleming in 1966, Wellington can be of help. Despite these books it turned out to be very difficult to identify a lot of shells more precise then to the genus. We don't have access to reference collections for these outcrops. When your recognize one of our pictures, please let us know.
Screen 1: Dentaliida, Stromboidea, Cerithioidea
|Dentalium centenniale (105 mm), colno 57856||Dicroloma species (40 mm), colno 57872|
|Cerithium species (20 mm), colno 57868||Colposigma gairi (11 mm), colno 58178|
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