Turtle

On the right is a carapace (top shell), and on the left a plastron (lower shell), almost certainly from the same animal. The head and legs extended through gaps between the two shells and the carapace was supported by fused vertebrae and flattened ribs.

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Common name

Turtle

Scientific name

Pleurostosternum bulllocki

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.00017