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

  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},
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… 

First Occurrence of Sivatherium Falconer and Cautley, 1836 (Mammalia, Ruminantia, Giraffidae) in the Iberian Peninsula

ABSTRACT The sivatherine clade includes some of the largest giraffids and emerged during the late Miocene. Sivatherium hendeyi, the earliest known species of the Sivatherium genus, was first

The last of the large-sized tortoises of the Mediterranean islands

Archaeological investigations carried out in the cave Zubbio di Cozzo San Pietro, Bagheria, Sicily, revealed the presence of a few skeletal elements of a large-sized tortoise in a funerary area



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The hypothesis suggesting that the European Eocene testudinids correspond to genera exclusive to this continent is confirmed and two new genera, Fontainechelon and Pelorochelon, are proposed.

Early Miocene herpetofaunas from the Greek localities of Aliveri and Karydia – bridging a gap in the knowledge of amphibians and reptiles from the early Neogene of southeastern Europe

Abstract We here describe new remains of amphibians and reptiles from the early Miocene (MN 4) of two different Greek localities, Aliveri and Karydia. The newly described material consists of

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Appendix II. On the Lower Miocene Vertebrates from British East Africa, collected by Dr. Felix Oswald1

  • C. W. Andrews
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1914
In this paper it is proposed to describe the vertebrate remains collected by Dr. Oswald from beds of Lower Miocene age in the neighbourhood of Karungu, near the eastern shore of the Victoria Nyanza.


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Analysis of the Iberian Aragonian record of Paleotestudo, and refutation of the validity of the Spanish ‘Testudo catalaunica’ and the French ‘Paleotestudo canetotiana’

  • A. García
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Spanish Journal of Palaeontology
  • 2020
Information about the small Testudinidae taxon or taxa (i.e. with a length less than 30 cm) recorded in the Aragonian of the Iberian Peninsula was, until now, very limited. The references to

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Comparison of Taraschelon with other primitive European forms shows an important diversity of Testudinidae in the Paleogene of this continent.

Cheirogaster bacharidisi, sp. nov., a New Species of a Giant Tortoise from the Pliocene of Thessaloniki (Macedonia, Greece)

A new species of a giant tortoise is described from the Pliocene (Gonia Formation) of western Chalkidiki Peninsula, near Thessaloniki, Greece, and assigned to the genus Cheirogaster, as opposed to Centrochelys, based upon the convex dorsal surface of the epiplastron.

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The described fossil testudinids from the Miocene of Africa are reviewed and Kinixys erosa, an extant species, is reported from Songhor Hill.