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Archelon ischyros

Pronounced (ARK-eh-lon) Discovery Location: South Dakota Diet: Omnivore Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 74 million years Formation: Pierre Group Width: 17 feet between flippers Location of Original Specimen: National Natural History Museum Vienna Austria The Archelon was the largest of the turtles living or extinct. This specimen is the largest and most complete ever found. Scientists […]

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Prionochelys nauta

Pronounced (pry-on-oh-kee-leez naw-ta) Discovery Location: Central Alabama Diet: Omnivore Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 80 million years Formation: Mooreville Chalk Length: 30 in Prionochelys nauta is a member of the turtle family Toxochelyidae, one of many types of animals that lived during the late Cretaceous.  This rare specimen is from the Mooreville Chalk of Alabama.   This […]

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Protostega gigas

Pronounced (pro-toe-stay-gah gi-gus) Discovery Location: MuseumRockwell County, Texas Diet: Omnivore Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 83 million years Formation: Taylor Group Width: 15.5 feet between flippers Location of Original Specimen: Dallas Museum of Natural History Protostega gigas is an extinct genus of turtle that lived approximately  65-98 million years ago.  It is the second largest turtle […]

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Toxochelys latiremis

Pronounced (TOKS-UH-KEE-leez lat-ee-ray-mis) Discovered By: Mike Triebold, 1993 Discovery Location: Lane County, Kansas Diet: Opportunistic (Omnivore) Period: Late Cretaceous Age: 83 million years Formation: Niobrara Chalk Length: 2-4 ft Toxochelys was probably the most abundant turtle in the North American inland seaway. It is a close relative of modern sea turtles. Toxochelys had numerous adaptations […]

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