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Keywords:

  • Jamaica;
  • Eocene;
  • gastropods;
  • de la Beche

Abstract

Portell and Donovan (Campanile trevorjacksoni sp.nov. (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from the Eocene of Jamaica: at last, a name for the first fossil used in intercontinental biostratigraphic correlation (de la Beche 1827). Geological Journal43: 542–551) described the gastropod Campanile trevorjacksoni from the Eocene of Jamaica suggesting it was equivalent to the specimen figured by de la Beche in 1827. The publication date of de la Beche's paper is questioned and has to be equated with 1829. Portell and Donovan suggested that this species was the first use for intercontinental correlation. De la Beche's paper of 1830 however indicates that he was neither convinced of the biostratigraphic correlation or his lithological correlations of the rocks of Jamaica with those in Europe. De la Beche's specimen came from the Chapelton Formation (Bartonian), whereas Portell and Donovan's specimen was from the Stettin Formation (Early Lutetian). The specimens are therefore neither from the same formation or of the same age, and they may represent different species. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.