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Aurorachelys gaffneyi
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Macrobaenidae
Genus: Aurorachelys
Vandermark et al., 2009
Species: A. gaffneyi
Binomial name
Aurorachelys gaffneyi
Vandermark et al., 2009

Aurorachelys gaffneyi is an extinct species of turtle which existed in Canada during the late Cretaceous period, and the only species in the genus Aurorachelys.[1][2]


  1. ^ Deborah Vandermark, John A. Tarduno, Donald B. Brinkman, Rory D. Cottrell & Stephanie Mason (2009). "New Late Cretaceous macrobaenid turtle with Asian affinities from the High Canadian Arctic: dispersal via ice-free polar routes". Geology 37 (2): 183–186. doi:10.1130/G25415A.1. 
  2. ^ Wall, Michael (2009-02-01). "Tropical Turtle Fossil Discovered in the High Arctic". Wired.  (Popular presentation of the above report)