The Cenozoic of France

Please refer to the geological map of the Massif Armoricain, displaying the geology of Bretagne, Normandy and the adjacent part of France, and clearly showing the Oligocene outcrop near Rennes, the Oligocene and Eocene of Loire-Atlantique as well as the various deposits of the western part of the Paris Basin.

Eocene

The Eocene of France contains one of the best documented molluscan faunas known. Since the early days of palaeontology, fossils from the Paris basin have been documented and named, starting with Lamarck who described the most common species. Cossmann & Pissarro (1913) illustrated all olivids known from the Eocene of the Paris Basin at that time. Recent studies indicate that the French Eocene faunas are much more diverse than previously noticed.

Eocene faunas from the YpresianBartonian (Oise, Baron) and Priabonian, are documented from France.

A list of collecting sites in the Paris Basin Lutetian (updated mollusca taxonomy see Merle, 2008) can be found on the Internet (Anonymous, 2016). Those sites are copied here, with hyperlinks added to sites from which materials are added to the specimens database:

Paris Basin Lutetian collecting sites (after Anonymous, 2016)
Departement Sites
Aisne Aubigny
Breny 
La Neuville-en-Beine
Ferme de Vimoutié
La Maison Rouge
Pargnan
Saint-Gobain
Troesnes-sur-Ourcq
Aube Nogent-sur-Seine
Eure Ecos
Guitry
Pacy-sur-Eure
Eure et Loir Berchères-sur-Vesgres
Saint-Lubin de la Haye
Marne Damery
Epernay
Ferme de Courtagnon
Reims
Oise Chantilly
Chaumont-en-Vexin
Cuise-la-Motte
Fosse
Le Vivray
Le Regard-de-Coye
Liancourt-Saint-Pierre
Mouchy-le-Chatel
Parnes
Ponchon
Pont-Sainte-Maxence
Saint-Leu d'Esserent
Saint-Maximin
Saint-Vaast de Longmont
Vaudancourt
Paris Passy 
Vaugirard
Seine et Marne Crouy-sur-Ourcq
La Poterie
Lizy-sur-Ourcq
May-en-Multien
Marnoue-la-Poterie
Montereau
Provins
Vernelles
Yvelines Ferme de l'Orme
Grignon
Houdan
Montainville
Renonville
Thionville-sur-Opton
Tessancourt
Hauts-de-Seine Bagneux
Chatillon
Clamart 
Gentilly
Issy-les-Moulineaux
Nanterre
Vanves
Val-de-Marne Arcueil-Cachant
Champigny-sur-Marne
Créteil
Ivry-sur-Seine
Noisy-le-Sec
Villejuif
Val d'Oise Chaussy
La Frette
Le Fayel
Pierrelaye
Pontoise
Saint Ouen l'Aumone
Vallangoujard
Valmondois
Loire-Atlantique Le Bois Gouët (situated in the Loire Basin, not the Paris Basin, but similar from a palaeoecological point of view)
Manche Fresville
Hauteville 
Orglandes
Valognes
Calvados Bayeux

Oligocene to Miocene

Molluscan faunas of the Aquitaine Basin, Oligocene Rupelian (Dep. Landes), Chattian (Dep. Landes) and Miocene Aquitanian, Burdigalian, Langhian and Serravallian are documented from the southwest of France. Janssen (1985) summarised the Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene collecting sites accessible at that time, whereas Cahuzac & Janssen (2010) listed all relevant collected localities. 

Stratigraphy of the Aquitaine Basin with collecting localities (after Odin, 1994, with additions)
 
Neogene Pliocene Piacenzian  
Zanclean  
Miocene Messinian  
Tortonian  
Serravallian

Salles

Paren

Langhian

Saubrigues

Manciet

Burdigalian

Mérignac

Léognan (Le Coquillat; stratotype)

Saucats

​St-Jean-de Marsacq

​St-Martin-de-Hinx

St-Paul-les-Dax (Cabanes)

Mimbaste

​Saucats (Peloua)

Aquitanian

Melhan (Vives)

Corbleau (M. de Carro)

St-Avit, Léogéats

Uzeste (Gamachot)

Lucbardez-&-Bargues

Saucats (Lariey). The gastropod fauna of this classic site was documented by Lozouet et al. (2001).

Martillac (Breyra)

St.-Martin-d'Oney

Paleogenee Oligocene Chattian

St-Etienne-d'Orthe (Eglise, Verdun, Hondelatte, Lestelle)

Peyrehorade (Peyrere)

St-Paul-les-Dax (Falaise, Estoti, Abesse, Bezove B, Lestrilles)

Pontonx (Mineur)

Rupelian Gaas (Espibos, Lagouarde)

The Oligocene of the Paris Basin (Eure-et-Loir, Essonne) also contains a small number of olivids.

The Loire Basin Oligocene (Bretagne) and Miocene (Langhian, Serravalian) is documented as well.

Pliocene

No olivids or olivellids are documented from the Pliocene of France.

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