First report of Plesiochelys etalloniandTropidemys langiifrom the Late Jurassic of the UK and the palaeobiogeography of plesiochelyid turtles
Chapman, Sandra D.
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Plesiochelyidae is a clade of relatively large coastal marine turtles that inhabited the shallow epicontinental seas that covered western Europe during the Late Jurassic. Although the group has been reported from many deposits, the material is rarely identified at the species level. Here, we describe historical plesiochelyid material from the Kimmeridge Clay Formation of England and compare it with contemporaneous localities from the continent. An isolated basicranium is referred to the plesiochelyidPlesiochelys etallonibased notably on the presence of a fully ossified pila prootica. This specimen represents the largest individual known so far for this species and is characterized by remarkably robust features.
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