Dr. J Bret
|This image shows Hofstra geology students collecting bulk fossil and sediment samples for analysis from the Cretaceous Navesink Formation in New Jersey. Note that three of the students pictured are now science teachers in Long Island public schools.|
|Marine and coastal plain deposits from the
Upper Cretaceous outcrop along the inner Atlantic Coastal Plain from Long
Island to Georgia. In central New Jersey the Navesink Formation is well
known for its abundant fauna of shelly fossils and shark teeth. In addition
to studying the depositional environments preserved within the Navesink
strata, my students and I have been using the fossiliferous layers in the
Navesink to investigate the spatial pattern of preservation in the fossil
record and the history of predation in the Late Mesozoic.
References and Links to Related Publications:
Predation in the Cretaceous
Bennington, J Bret, 2002. Cretaceous oysters on the half-shell: A record of durophagous predation preserved in Pycnodonte convexa. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, 34 (6): 541.
Bennington, J Bret, 2001. Shell color and predation in the Cretaceous oyster Pycnodonte convexa from New Jersey. Long Island Geologists Conference, Stony Brook, New York, April 2001.
Bennington, J Bret, Selss, M., and Vinnik, A., 2000. Original color banding preserved in the Cretaceous oyster Pycnodonte convexa records repeated disruption to shell growth, possibly related to episodes of predation. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, 32 (7): A371.
Bennington, J Bret and Selss, Mark, 2000. Shell color, predation, and the fate of gryph-shaped oysters. American Paleontologist 8(5):2-4.
Navesink Community Paleoecology and Depositional Environments
Bonelli, J., and Bennington, J Bret. 2000. Sequence stratigraphic interpretation of the Upper Cretaceous Navesink formation, central New Jersey: Evidence from macrofossil distribution and taphonomy. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, 32 (1): A6.
Bennington, J Bret, Bonelli, J., Chandler, J., and Selss, M. 1999. Paleoecological evidence for the formation of a backlap shell bed during maximum flooding, Upper Cretaceous Navesink formation, New Jersey. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, 31 (7): A468.
Bennington, J Bret, Miller, J. and Bonelli, J.,
and depositional environments of the Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation:
A report on work in progress. Long Island Geologists Conference, Stony
Brook, New York, April 1999.
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