Megalochelys

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Megalochelys
Temporal range: Miocene-Pleistocene
Colossochelys atlas.jpg
M. atlas skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Megalochelys
Falconer & Cautley, 1837[1]
Synonyms
  • Colossochelys Falconer & Cautley, 1844[2]

Megalochelys is an extinct genus of cryptodiran turtle which lived from the Miocene to Pleistocene, across Asia and possibly East Europe.

This fossil genus is the original and valid name for what has often been called Colossochelys. It contains two named species with several unnamed taxons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falconer, H. and Cautley, P.T. 1837. On additional fossil species of the order Quadrumana from the Siwalik Hills. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 6:354–360.
  2. ^ a b Falconer, H. and Cautley, P.T. 1844. Communication on the Colossochelys atlas, a fossil tortoise of enormous size from the Tertiary strata of the Siwalk Hills in the north of India. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1844(12):54–84.
  3. ^ Lydekker, R. 1889. Catalogue of the Fossil Reptilia and Amphibia in the British Museum. Part III. Chelonia. London: British Museum of Natural History, 239 pp.