|Subdivision of the Cretaceous system
according to the IUGS, as of July 2012.
The Turonian is, in the ICS' geologic timescale, the second age in the Late Cretaceous epoch, or a stage in the Upper Cretaceous series. It spans the time between 93.5 ± 0.8 Ma and 89.3 ± 1 Ma (million years ago). The Turonian is preceded by the Cenomanian stage and underlies the Coniacian stage.
The Turonian (French: Turonien) was definied by the French paleontologist Alcide d'Orbigny (1802–1857) in 1842. Orbigny named it after the French city of Tours in the region of Touraine (department Indre-et-Loire), which is the original type locality.
The base of the Turonian stage is defined as the place where the ammonite species Wutinoceras devonense first appears in the stratigraphic column. The official reference profile (the GSSP) for the base of the Turonian is located in the Rock Canyon anticline near Pueblo, Colorado (USA, coordinates: 38° 16' 56" N, 104° 43' 39" W).
- zone of Subprionocyclus neptuni (in the Upper Turonian)
- zone of Collignoniceras woollgari (in the Middle Turonian)
- zone of Mammites nodosoides
- zone of Wutinoceras coloradoense or Wutinoceras devonense (last two both in the Lower Turonian)
|Ankylosaurs of the Turonian|
|Bayn Shire Formation, Mongolia|
Birds (avian theropods)
|Aves of the Turonian|
|Bissekty Formation, Uzbekistan||A mid-sized enantiornithine, perhaps 20–25 cm long in life|
|Bissekty Formation, Uzbekistan|
|Turonian - Campanian||Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada; Alabama, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas, USA; Argentina; Central Asia||The Cretaceous ecological equivalent of modern seabirds such as gulls, petrels, and skimmers. At 60 cm (2 ft), it was the size of a gull. Although the wings and breastbone are very modern in appearance (suggesting strong flight ability), the jaws retained numerous small, sharp teeth|
|Ceratopsia of the Turonian|
|Moreno Hill Formation, New Mexico, USA||The earliest-known ceratopsian to have eyebrow horns and the oldest-known ceratopsian from North America, appears to have been roughly 3 to 3.5 meters long (10–11 ft) and 1 meter (3 ft) tall at the hips.|
|Crocodylomorpha of the Turonian|
|Turonian to Santonian||Adamantina Formation, São Paulo, Brazil||A terrestrial Peirosaurid|
|Mammalia of the Turonian|
|Ornithopoda of the Turonian|
|Turonian to Coniacian||Gobi Desert, Mongolia and China||Would have been 6 m (20 ft) long and 2 m (7 ft) high when in the quadrupedal stance, and weighed 1100 – 1500 kg (2400 - 3300 lb). Like many hadrosaurs, it could switch between bipedal and quadrupedal stances, but unusually it had large spines protruding from the vertebrae.|
|Turonian to early Coniacian||Portezuelo Formation, Argentina||A genus of basal iguanodont, a large bipedal herbivor|
|Cenomanian-Turonian||Bajo Barreal Formation, Chubut, Argentina||A hypsilophodontid or other basal ornithopod, Notohypsilophodon would have been a bipedal herbivore. Its size has not been estimated|
|Cenomanian-Turonian||China||A poorly known iguanodont|
|Plesiosauria of the Turonian|
|Britton Formation (Cedar Hill), Texas, USA||A 7–14 m (23–47 ft) long creature, was very similar to the related Elasmosaurus. It had a compact body with a short tail and large flippers. Its small skull had long, forward-facing teeth ideal for catching slippery fish and squid that came together outside of its mouth when the mouth was closed, and was placed atop a very long neck.|
|Morocco||A genus of polycotylid plesiosaur|
|High Atlas, Morocco||A genus of polycotylid plesiosaur, the estimated total length of Thililua is 5.5 to 6 metres.|
|Squamata of the Turonian|
|Arcadia Park Shale, Texas, USA||A basal, small, plesiopedal mososauroid|
|Arcadia Park Shale, Texas, USA||A basal, small, lightly built mosasaur|
|Theropods of the Turonian|
|Rio Limay, Argentina|
- See Gradstein et al. (2004) for a detailed description of the ICS' timescale
- The GSSP was established by Kennedy et al. (2005)
- Gradstein, F.M.; Ogg, J.G. & Smith, A.G.; 2004: A Geologic Time Scale 2004, Cambridge University Press.
- Kennedy, W.J.; Walaszczyk, I. & Cobban, W.A.; 2005: The Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point for the base of the Turonian Stage of the Cretaceous: Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A., Episodes 28(2): pp 93–104.
- GeoWhen Database - Turonian
- Late Cretaceous timescale, at the website of the subcommission for stratigraphic information of the ICS
- Stratigraphic charts of the Cretaceous:  and , at the website of Norges Network of offshore records of geology and stratigraphy
- Turonian Microfossils: 48 images of Foraminifera
|Lower/Early Cretaceous||Upper/Late Cretaceous|
|Berriasian | Valanginian | Hauterivian
Barremian| Aptian | Albian
|Cenomanian | Turonian | Coniacian
Santonian |Campanian | Maastrichtian