Turtle

This is a large turtle carapace or top shell, seen from inside. The small, proud structure towards the centre of the shell is one of the vertebrae. These are fused together and, along with the ribs, are very much flattened to provide a support for the shell itself.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Turtle

Scientific name

Hyaeochelys emarginata

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Crocodiles and Turtles


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Middle

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Swanage

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00016