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Quercy Phosphorites Formation

The Quercy Phosphorites Formation is a geologic formation in France. It preserves fossils dating back to the Paleogene period. Its fossils, most of which are mammal bones, have been studied since the nineteenth century.[1] It qualifies as a Lagerstätte because it also preserves the soft tissues of a few amphibians and a squamate, in addition to their articulated skeleton in what has been called natural mummies.[2]

Quercy Phosphorites Formation
Stratigraphic range: Paleogene
Country France

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  1. ^ Filhol H. 1877. Recherches sur les phosphorites du Quercy. Paris: Masson.
  2. ^ Lalloy, F.; Rage, J.-C.; Evans, S.E.; Boistel, R.; Lenoir, N.; Laurin, M. (2013). "A re-interpretation of the Eocene anuran Thaumastosaurus based on microCT examination of a 'mummified' specimen". PLoS ONE. 8: 1–11. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074874. PMC 3783478. PMID 24086389.