Named By: E. A. Cadena, J. I. Bloch & C. A. Jaramillo - 2012.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Testudines, Pleurodira, Bothremydidae, Bothremydini, Foxemydina.
Species: P. mushaisaensis (type).
Size: Shell up 1.51 meters long.
Known locations: Colombia - Cerrejón Formation.
Time period: Paleocene.
Fossil representation: Partial shell.
related to the genus Foxemys,
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!
- 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.