Named By: J. I. Bloch & C. A. Jaramillo - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Anapsida, Testudines, Pleurodira, Podocnemididae.
Species: C. wayuunaiki (type).
Size: Roughly estimated to be up to 1 meter long.
Known locations: Colombia - Cerrejón Formation.
Time period: Mid Paleocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains, particularly of the shell.
Cerrejonemys is a genus of side-necked turtle that lived in South America during the Paleocene. Cerrejonemys is noted for growing fairly large, probably as a defence against predators. This was for good reason, as not only did Cerrejonemys share the same ecosystems as crocodiles such as Cerrejonisuchus, but the giant snake Titanoboa was also present.
- New podocnemidid turtle (Testudines: Pleurodira) from the middle-upper Paleocene of South America. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(2):367-382. - J. I. Bloch & C. A. Jaramillo - 2010.