Detailed Lower Cretaceous Turtle Hatchling Fossil

Part and Counterpart Museum Fossil Specimen

Cf Ordosemys liaoxiensis

Testudines, Cryptodira

Geological Time: Lower Cretaceous (~125 m.y.a.)

Size: (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 50 mm long (tip of skull to tip of tail along backbone) Shell: 18 mm by 20 mm. Matrix: 90 mm by 75 mm and 90 mm by 80 mm pair

Fossil Site: Yixian Formation, Lingyuan, Liaoning Province of China

Fossil Code: KZC01

Price: Sold

Cretaceous Turtle Hatchling FossilThis is a part and counterpart of a turtle hatchling from the Yixian Formation of Liaoning Province, China. Once thought to belong to the genus Manchurochelys, it is actually a macrobaenid cryptodire (side-necked turtle) known as Ordosemys, a genus first described from the Ordos basin of Inner Mongolia in 1999. Preservation is above average for the type, especially when you consider the lowered degree of oissification of such a newly hatched example. There is restoration to the front of the skull and tail, and the shell outline has been enhanced, but the balance appears natural, unlike many obviously carved examples of larger turtles I have seen on offer. I have included a number of photomicrographs for your edification.

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Ordesemys liaoxiensis


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