The collection in the Hall of Turtles at the University of Salamanca serves to analyse the origin of giant terrestrial turtles that once lived in Europe.

Researchers at the University of Salamanca and UNED have published an article describing a new genera of giant terrestrial turtle thanks to the 40 million year old fossils found in the fields of Mazatern (Soria) in the 1990s, which have been preserved until now in the Hall of Turtles at USAL. The new genera is named Pelorochelon, and the example used as the holotype, in other words, a reference for the genera, is from the Pelorochelon soriana species, which reaches a length of 70 centimetres. The discovery has also served to reveal the existence of a new genera of giant turtle in France, named Fontainechelon.

New genus of giant European land turtles

New genus of giant European land turtles

 

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Catedrático en el Área de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad de Salamanca. Director del Grupo de Investigación BISITE // Full Professor in Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca. Director of the BISITE Research Group

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