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Temporal range: Maastrichtian–Paleocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Hydromedusinae
Genus: Yaminuechelys
de la Fuente, et al., 2001[1]

Yaminuechelys is an extinct genus of chelid turtle from Argentina. It includes the following species:[2]


  • Yaminuechelys gasperinii (Fuente et al., 2001)[1] Cretaceous Allen Formation, Argentina
  • Yaminuechelys major (Staesche, 1929)[3] Paleocene Salamanca Formation, Argentina


  1. ^ a b de la Fuente, M., F. Lapparent de Broin, and T. Manera de Bianco. 2001, The oldest and first nearly complete skeleton of a chelid, of the Hydromedusa sub-group (Chelidae, Pleurodira), from the Upper Cretaceous of Patagonia. Bullettin de la Société Géologique de France. 172:237–244.
  2. ^ Bona, P. & de la Fuente, M. 2005. Phylogenetic and paleobiogeographic implications of Yaminuechelys major (Staesche, 1929) new comb., a large long-necked chelid turtle from the early Paleocene of Patagonia, Argentina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(3):569–582.
  3. ^ Staesche K. 1929. Schildkroteneste aus der oberen Kreide Patagoniens. Palaeontographica 72(1-6):103-123