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Temporal range: Paleocene–Recent
Pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta)
Fossil of Allaeochelys crassesculptata
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Trionychia
Family: Carettochelyidae
Gill, 1889

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Carettochelyidae is a family of cryptodiran turtles belonging to the Trionychia. It contains only a single living species, the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) native to New Guinea and Northern Australia. Stem-group carettochelyids are known from the Cretaceous of Asia, with the family being widely distributed across North America, Europe and Asia during the Paleogene.


After Joyce, 2014[1] unless otherwise noted.


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