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North Gondwana Pleurodiran Turtles

  • Marcelo S. de la Fuente
  • Juliana Sterli
  • Ignacio Maniel
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Abstract

Pelomedusoides comprises five clades (Pelomedusidae, Araripemydidae, Euraxemydidae, Bothremydidae, and Podocnemididae) with a fairly limited distribution in the Southern Hemisphere. With the exception of Pelomedusidae, the clades occurred or occur in South America. According to recent phylogenetic and biogeographic studies, non-chelid eupleurodiran turtles differentiated in the northern region of Gondwana (northeastern South America–northeastern Africa) at least as early as the Early Cretaceous.

Keywords

Pelomedusoides Gondwana Cretaceous Cenozoic Africa South America 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo S. de la Fuente
    • 1
  • Juliana Sterli
    • 2
  • Ignacio Maniel
    • 3
  1. 1.CONICET Museo de Historia Natural de San RafaelSan RafaelArgentina
  2. 2.CONICET Museo Paleontológico Egidio FeruglioTrelewArgentina
  3. 3.CONICET Fundación de Historia Natural Felix de Azara Universidad MaimonidesBuenos AiresArgentina

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