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A new species of the large-headed coastal marine turtle Solnhofia (Testudinata, Thalassochelydia) from the Late Jurassic of NW Switzerland

Anquetin, Jérémy ; Püntener, Christian

In: PeerJ, 2020, vol. 8, p. e9931

Background: The large-headed turtle Solnhofia parsonsi is known by a handful of specimens from the Late Jurassic of Germany and Switzerland (maybe also France). Solnhofia parsonsi is traditionally regarded as a “eurysternid” Thalassochelydia, a group of small to medium sized, mostly lagoonal or marginal turtles found almost exclusively in the Late Jurassic of Europe. More recently,...

Université de Fribourg

3D model related to the publication: A new species of the large-headed coastal marine turtle Solnhofia (Testudinata, Thalassochelydia) from the Late Jurassic of NW Switzerland

Anquetin, Jérémy ; Püntener, Christian

In: MorphoMuseuM, 2020, vol. 6, no. 4, p. e118

This contribution contains the 3D surface model of the holotype cranium of the Late Jurassic thalassochelydian turtle Solnhofia brachyrhyncha described and figured in the publication of Anquetin and Püntener (2020).

Université de Fribourg

A review of the fossil record of turtles of the clade Thalassochelydia

Anquetin, Jérémy ; Püntener, Christian ; Joyce, Walter G.

In: Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, 2017, vol. 58, no. 2, p. 317–369

The Late Jurassic (Oxfordian to Tithonian) fossil record of Europe and South America has yielded a particularly rich assemblage of aquatic pan-cryptodiran turtles that are herein tentatively hypothesized to form a monophyletic group named Thalassochelydia. Thalassochelydians were traditionally referred to three families, Eurysternidae, Plesiochelyidae, and Thalassemydidae, but the current...

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A Jurassic stem pleurodire sheds light on the functional origin of neck retraction in turtles

Anquetin, Jérémy ; Tong, Haiyan ; Claude, Julien

In: Scientific Reports, 2017, vol. 7, p. 42376

Modern turtles are composed of two monophyletic groups, notably diagnosed by divergent neck retraction mechanisms. Pleurodires (side-necked turtles) bend their neck sideways and protect their head under the anterior margin of the carapace. Cryptodires (hidden-necked turtles) withdraw their neck and head in the vertical plane between the shoulder girdles. These two mechanisms of neck...

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First report of Plesiochelys etalloni and Tropidemys langii from the Late Jurassic of the UK and the palaeobiogeography of plesiochelyid turtles

Anquetin, Jérémy ; Chapman, Sandra D.

In: Royal Society Open Science, 2016, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 150470

Plesiochelyidae is a clade of relatively large coastal marine turtles that inhabited the shallow epicontinental seas that covered western Europe during the Late Jurassic. Although the group has been reported from many deposits, the material is rarely identified at the species level. Here, we describe historical plesiochelyid material from the Kimmeridge Clay Formation of England and compare...

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A reassessment of the late jurassic turtle Eurysternum wagleri (Eucryptodira, Eurysternidae)

Anquetin, Jérémy ; Joyce, Walter G.

In: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2014, vol. 34, no. 6, p. 1317–1328

Eurysternum wagleri is one of the first named, yet most poorly understood turtles from the Late Jurassic of Europe. Over the years, many specimens have been referred to and many species synonymized with E. wagleri, but little consensus is apparent, and the taxonomy is therefore highly confusing. Based on the rare, only known illustration of the lost holotype and on the reassessment of select...

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Stable isotope profiles (Ca, O, C) through modern brachiopod shells of T. septentrionalis and G. vitreus: Implications for calcium isotope paleo-ocean chemistry

Allmen, Katja von ; Nägler, Thomas F. ; Pettke, Thomas ; Hippler, Dorothee ; Griesshaber, Erika ; Logan, Alan ; Eisenhauer, Anton ; Samankassou, Elias

In: Chemical Geology, 2010, vol. 269, no. 3-4, p. 210-219

Brachiopod shells are widely used as an archive to reconstruct elemental and isotopic composition of seawater. Studies, focused on oxygen and carbon isotopes over the last decades, are increasingly extending to the emerging calcium isotope system. To date, only little attention has been paid to test the reliability of fossil brachiopods on their modern counterparts.In this context, the present...

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Taphonomic and paleoenvironmental evidence of Holocene shell-bed genesis and history on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico shelf

Anderson, Laurie C. ; MacBride, Randolph A.

In: Palaios : international journal of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 1996, vol. 11, p. 532