Palaeomedusa

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Not to be confused with Pelomedusa.
Palaeomedusa testa
Temporal range: Tithonian
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Palaeomedusa testa fossil at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines (=Chelonii)
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Thalassemydidae
Genus: Palaeomedusa
Binomial name
Palaeomedusa testa
Meyer, 1860
Synonyms
  • Eurysternum crassipes Wagner 1859
  • Thalassemys marina Fraas 1903

Palaeomedusa testa is an extinct species of sea turtle from the Tithonian of the Late Jurassic (145.5 to 150.8 million years ago). It was first described by the German palaeontologist Christian Erich Hermann von Meyer in 1860. It is the only species classified under the genus Palaeomedusa.[1]

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