Allopleuron

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Allopleuron
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Allopleuron hoffmani.JPG
Fossil specimen, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Americhelydia
Family: Cheloniidae
Subfamily: Allopleuroninae
Genus: Allopleuron
Type species
Allopleuron hofmanni (Gray, 1831)[1]

Allopleuron hofmanni was a giant primitive sea turtle, now extinct. It is a basal member of the superfamily Chelonioidea closely related to Toxochelys.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gray, J.E. (1831), Synopsis Reptilium, Part I: 54 and 79
  2. ^ Jones MEH, Werneburg I, Curtis N, Penrose R, O’Higgins P, et al. (2012) The Head and Neck Anatomy of Sea Turtles (Cryptodira: Chelonioidea) and Skull Shape in Testudines. PLoS ONE 7(11): e47852. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047852