Turtle

This is a beautiful and clear example illustrating part of the structure of the turtle shell or carapace. The carapace is made up of scutes supported from the inside by the vertebrae and ribs. Look closely to see the marginal scutes around the edges which extend the shell.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

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.00152