Name: Puentemys.
Phonetic: Pwen-tem-iss.
Named By: E.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cadena,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Bloch‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Jaramillo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Testudines,‭ ‬Pleurodira,‭ ‬Bothremydidae,‭ ‬Bothremydini,‭ ‬Foxemydina.
Species: P.‭ ‬mushaisaensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain.
Size: Shell up‭ ‬1.51‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Colombia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cerrejón Formation.
Time period: Paleocene.
Fossil representation: Partial shell.

       Closely related to the genus Foxemys,‭ ‬Puentemys is recognised as the largest known bothremydid turtle in the fossil record with a shell length of just over one and a half meters.‭ ‬Bothremydid turtles like Puentemys are a special group of the Pleurodira,‭ ‬a group more popularly known as‭ ‘‬side-necked turtles‭’‬.‭ ‬This is because their necks are so‭ ‬long that they cannot retract back under the skull,‭ ‬so instead the neck folds to the side under the shell.
       While Puentemys is the largest known bothremymid turtle,‭ ‬another‭ ‬pleurodiran from South America named Carbonemys had an even larger shell‭!

Further reading
-‭ ‬New bothremydid turtle‭ (‬Testudines,‭ ‬Pleurodira‭) ‬from the Paleocene of Northeastern Colombia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Paleontology‭ ‬86‭(‬4‭)‬:688-698‭ ‬-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cadena,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Bloch‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Jaramillo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.


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