A large testudinid with African affinities in the post‐Messinian (lower Pliocene) record of south‐eastern Spain

@article{PrezGarca2020ALT,
  title={A large testudinid with African affinities in the post‐Messinian (lower Pliocene) record of south‐eastern Spain},
  author={Ad{\'a}n P{\'e}rez‐Garc{\'i}a and Evan Vlachos and Xabier Murelaga},
  journal={Palaeontology},
  year={2020},
  volume={63}
}
Herein, we describe Alatochelon myrteum gen. et sp. nov., a large tortoise from the post‐Messinian (lower Pliocene) of the area of Puerto de la Cadena (Region of Murcia), Spain. The new taxon cannot be attributed to Titanochelon, which represented the only lineage of large tortoises previously recognized in the Neogene record of Europe. Alatochelon myrteum shows African affinities, especially with the extant African spurred tortoise Centrochelys sulcata. Although close phylogenetic… 

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