Turtle

Additional images

This is a large carapace (top shell) showing the individual plates or scutes that fuse together to form the structure. In this species, the central scutes are massive and the lateral scutes either side only make a small contribution to the overall shell size.

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Common name

Turtle

Scientific name

Hylaeochelys latiscutata

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.00020