Université de Fribourg

The skeletal morphology of the solemydid turtle Naomichelys speciosa from the Early Cretaceous of Texas

Joyce, Walter G. ; Sterli, Juliana ; Chapman, Sandra D.

In: Journal of Paleontology, 2014, vol. 88, no. 6, p. 1257-1287

The fossil record of solemydid turtles is primarily based on isolated fragments collected from Late Jurassic to Late Cretaceous sediments throughout North America and Europe and little is therefore known about the morphology and evolutionary history of the group. We here provide a detailed description of the only known near- complete solemydid skeleton, which was collected from the Lower...