Pacifichelys

Name: Pacifichelys ‭(‬Pacific shell‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pah-sif-ik-chel-iss.
Named By: J.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Parham‭ & ‬N.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Pyenson‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Synonyms: Euclastes hutchisoni.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Testudines,‭ ‬Cryptodira,‭ ‬Chelonioidea.
Species: P.‭ ‬urbinai‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬hutchisoni.
Diet: Durophagous.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Peru‭ ‬-Pisco Formation.‭ ‬USA,‭ ‬California‭ ‬-‭ ‬Temblor Formation.
Time period: Langhian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of at least two individuals.

       Pacifichelys is a genus of sea turtle that lived along the coastlines of Peru and California‭ ‬during the mid Miocene.‭ ‬The morphology of the skull suggests that Pacifichelys fed upon hard shelled organisms such as shelled molluscs and crustaceans.‭ ‬A former species of Euclastes,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬hutchisoni,‭ ‬has now been renamed as a species of Pacifichelys.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The first report of hard-shelled sea turtles‭ (‬Cheloniidae sensu lato‭) ‬from the Miocene of California,‭ ‬including a new species‭ (‬Euclastes hutchisoni‭) ‬with unusually plesiomorphic characters.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PaleoBios‭ ‬23‭(‬3‭)‬:21-35.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Lynch‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Parham‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
-‭ ‬New sea turtle from the Miocene of Peru and iterative evolution of feeding ecomorphologies since the Cretaceous.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Paleontology‭ ‬84‭(‬2‭)‬:231-247.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Parham‭ & ‬N.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Pyenson‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.



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