Paleoflora of the La Colonia Formation
This project includes a comprehensive taxonomic study of the angiosperm remains of the La Colonia Formation (Campanian-Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous), Chubut, Patagonia Argentina. This study is complementary of other studies that are being carried out by paleobotanists and geologists of the Museo Paleontológico E. Feruglio (Chubut, Argentina), and vertebrate paleontologists of the American Museum of Natural History and University of Kentucky, (USA) . The research plan includes the identification (including description) and taxonomic treatment of the fossils, review of the material previously described and the establishment of comparisons with other Patagonian paleofloras of Cretaceous age. The participation of Maria A. Gandolfo in this project is funded by the American Philosophical Society.
Collecting trip at the La Colonia Formation
|Vertebrate paleontologists from Egidio Feruglio Museum (MEF), University of Kentucky,
American Museum of Natural History, and Universidad de La Plata, and MEF personel.
|Dr. Maria A. Gandolfo, Quebrada del Irupé locality.|
|Dr. Rubén Cúneo prospecting for fossils.||José Luis Carballido, working in a quarry.
|Rubén Cúneo, José Luis Carballido, and Cynthia Gonzales at the Puesto Baibian locality.||Graduate student Cynthia Gonzales prospecting for fossils,
Cañadón de los Helechos locality.
|Fossils from the site:|
|Nelumbonaceae leaf fossil
||Petiole insertion point
||High order venation
|Fossil Nelumbonaceae fruit||Extant Nelumbo petiole insertion point||Extant Nelumbo fruit|