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The fossil turtles of Greece: An overview of taxonomy and distribution
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
2013 (English)In: Geobios, ISSN 0016-6995, E-ISSN 1777-5728, Vol. 46, no 4, 299-311 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Turtle remains are common in the Miocene-Holocene deposits of Greece, and are a key focus of the growing research interest in Neogene. herpetofaunas from the Aegean region. Some of the most important finds include one of Europe's stratigraphically youngest pleurodiran taxa, Nostimochelone lampra, from the Early Miocene of Macedonia, together with arguably the richest record of fossil tortoises from the Eastern Mediterranean. This incorporates the presently oldest definitive representatives of the quintessential genus Testudo sensu stricto from the Late Miocene of Attica and Macedonia, and numerous specimens of the colossal (carapace similar to 2 m-length) testudinid Cheirogaster from Late Miocene-Late Pliocene sediments in southern and northern Greece, as well as on the eastern Aegean islands of Samos and Lesvos. Tantalising, but as yet unconfirmed Miocene accounts of the geoemydid Mauremys in Macedonia, and indeterminate emydid-like remains from Euboea, also provide potentially significant range extensions. Although hampered by a historically sparse documentation, the fossil turtles of Greece are a significant resource that record both assemblage changes and the origin of modern lineages. 

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2013. Vol. 46, no 4, 299-311 p.
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Testudinidae, Podocnemidoidea, Geoemydidae, Emydidae, Aegean, Miocene, Plio-Pleistocene
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209880DOI: 10.1016/j.geobios.2013.05.001ISI: 000324961000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-209880DiVA: diva2:659848
Available from: 2013-10-28 Created: 2013-10-28 Last updated: 2013-10-28Bibliographically approved

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