Eurysternum wagleri Meyer 1839 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Eurysternidae

From Anquetin et al. (2017:332): Eurysternum wagleri is based on a disarticulated, partial skeleton preserved in ventral view on a slab of limestone that Meyer (1839c) described based on its illustration only. The holotype was originally in possession of George Graf zu Münster of Bayreuth, Germany (Meyer 1839a, 1839c), but was later transferred to Munich (Wagner 1853, 1861b) where it was studied by many individuals (e.g., Maack 1869; Rütimeyer 1873a; Zittel 1877a; Oertel 1915). The holotype is currently missing from the BSPG and is therefore considered lost (Anquetin and Joyce 2014). A poorly crafted cast of this specimen is nevertheless available at the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge, United Kingdom (Joyce 2003).

Full reference: H. v. Meyer. 1839. Zu meiner nun vor fast zehn Jahren gemachten und unausgesetzt verfolgten Entdeckung... [On my constantly pursued discovery, now made almost ten years ago...]. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geognosie, Geologie und Petrfaktenkunde 1839:76-79

Belongs to Eurysternum according to J. Anquetin et al. 2017

See also Anquetin and Joyce 2014, Bräm 1965, Joyce 2003, Karl et al. 2012 and Lydekker 1889

Sister taxon: Eurysternum neuquinum

Type specimen: a single specimen, which is the holotype by monotypy. The holotype was last housed in Munich, but is now considered lost (Wellnhofer, 1967). A poorly crafted cast exists in the collections of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sc, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Solnhofen, which is in a Tithonian lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal lime mudstone in the Solnhofen Formation of Germany.

Ecology:

Distribution:

• Jurassic of Germany (8 collections)

Total: 8 collections each including a single occurrence

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