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The Scontrone turtles – A new insular testudinoid fauna from the late Miocene of the Central Mediterranean


Georgalis, Georgios L; Delfino, Massimo (2021). The Scontrone turtles – A new insular testudinoid fauna from the late Miocene of the Central Mediterranean. Geobios, 68:71-81.

Abstract

We here describe a small turtle assemblage originating from the early Tortonian (late Miocene) palaeois-land of Scontrone, central Italy, a locality previously known mostly for its endemic mammals and giantbirds, which were otherwise shared only with the Gargano localities, another fossiliferous area belongingto the same palaeobioprovince. The fossil turtle remains from Scontrone are referred to the geoemydidMauremyssp. and a so far unidentified large-sized testudinid. The biogeographic origins of theScontrone insular chelonians are discussed. The Scontrone geoemydid adds to the known occurrencesofMauremysin the late Miocene of the Mediterranean. The Scontrone large tortoise represents the oldestknown Mediterranean insular testudinid, predating significantly the well-known Quaternary endemicisland tortoises of the area.

Abstract

We here describe a small turtle assemblage originating from the early Tortonian (late Miocene) palaeois-land of Scontrone, central Italy, a locality previously known mostly for its endemic mammals and giantbirds, which were otherwise shared only with the Gargano localities, another fossiliferous area belongingto the same palaeobioprovince. The fossil turtle remains from Scontrone are referred to the geoemydidMauremyssp. and a so far unidentified large-sized testudinid. The biogeographic origins of theScontrone insular chelonians are discussed. The Scontrone geoemydid adds to the known occurrencesofMauremysin the late Miocene of the Mediterranean. The Scontrone large tortoise represents the oldestknown Mediterranean insular testudinid, predating significantly the well-known Quaternary endemicisland tortoises of the area.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Paleontology
Dewey Decimal Classification:560 Fossils & prehistoric life
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Stratigraphy
Physical Sciences > Space and Planetary Science
Physical Sciences > Paleontology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stratigraphy, Space and Planetary Science
Language:English
Date:1 October 2021
Deposited On:30 Jun 2021 09:26
Last Modified:25 Jun 2024 01:41
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0016-6995
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geobios.2021.05.001
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)