Cerrejonemys

Name: Cerrejonemys ‭(‬Cerrejon turtle‭)‬.
Phonetic: Seh-re-yon-em-iss.
Named By: J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Bloch‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Jaramillo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Anapsida,‭ ‬Testudines,‭ ‬Pleurodira,‭ ‬Podocnemididae.
Species: C.‭ ‬wayuunaiki‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain.
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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.



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