Macrocephalochelys

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Macrocephalochelys
Temporal range: Pliocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines (=Chelonii)
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Macrocephalochelys
Piboplichko and Taraschchuk, 1960[1]
Species

M. pontica[2]

Macrocephalochelys is an extinct genus of turtles belonging in the family Chelydridae.[3] It was first described from a partial skull from the Pliocene found in the Ukraine by Piboplichko and Taraschchuk in 1960. It was assigned to the family Chelydridae by R. L. Carroll in 1988[4] although it was previously hypothesised to belong in Chelydridae by Chkhikvadze in 1971.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Paleobiology Database". 
  2. ^ Gaffney, Eugene S. (August 18, 1975). "Phylogeny of the chelydrid turtles". Fieldiana Geology (Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History) 33 (9): 166 (16). OCLC 1991971. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Macrocephalochelys - Ecology and taphonomy". The Paleobiology Database. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  4. ^ Carroll, Robert L.; K. Behrensmeyer; K. Behrensmeyer; M. Carrano (1988). Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. New York: W. H. Freeman and Company. ISBN 0-7167-1822-7. OCLC 14967288. 
  5. ^ Gaffney, Eugene S. (August 18, 1975). "Phylogeny of the chelydrid turtles". Fieldiana Geology (Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History) 33 (9): 168 (18). OCLC 1991971. Retrieved 2009-08-22.