Mexichelys

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Mexichelys
Temporal range: Late Campanian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Chelonioidea
Family: Cheloniidae
Genus: Mexichelys
Parham & Pyenson, 2010
Species
  • M. coahuilaensis (Brinkman et al., 2009) (type)
Synonyms

Euclastes coahuilaensis Brinkman et al., 2009

Mexichelys is an extinct monotypic genus of sea turtle which lived in Mexico during the Cretaceous. The only species is Mexichelys coahuilaensis.[1] Mexichelys was erected in 2010 as a replacement name for Euclastes coahuilaensis, a species named in 2009.[2]

Cladogram based on Lynch and Parham (2003)[3] and Parham and Pyenson (2010):[1]

Cheloniidae sensu lato 

Toxochelys

Mexichelys

Lophochelyinae

Euclastes

Argillochelys

Eochelone

Erquelinnesla

Pacifichelys

Puppigerus

Cheloniidae sensu stricto

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James F. Parham; Nicholas D. Pyenson (2010). "New Sea Turtle from the Miocene of Peru and the Iterative Evolution of Feeding Ecomorphologies since the Cretaceous". Journal of Paleontology. 84 (2): 231–247. doi:10.1666/09-077R.1.
  2. ^ Brinkman, D.; Aquillon-Martinez, M.C.; Dávila, C.A.L.; Jamniczky, H.; Eberth, D.A.; Colbert, M. (2009). "Euclastes coahuilaensis sp. nov., a basal cheloniid turtle from the late Campanian Cerro del Pueblo Formation of Coahuila State, Mexico". PaleoBios. 28 (3): 76–88.
  3. ^ Lynch, S.C.; Parham, J.F. (2003). "The first report of hard-shelled sea turtles (Cheloniidae sensu lato) from the Miocene of California, including a new species (Euclastes hutchisoni) with unusually plesiomorphic characters" (PDF). PaleoBios. 23 (3): 21–35.[permanent dead link]

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