†unranked clade Meiolaniformes Sterli and de la Fuente 2013 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudinata

Meiolaniformes is the stem-based definition of Meiolaniidae. Meiolaniformes refers to all the taxa more related to Meiolania platyceps than to Cryptodira or Pleurodira

Full reference: J. Sterli and M. S. de la Fuente. 2013. New evidence from the Palaeocene of Patagonia (Argentina) on the evolution and palaeo-biogeography of Meiolaniformes (Testudinata, new taxon name). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 11(7):835-852

Parent taxon: Perichelydia according to J. Sterli and M. S. de la Fuente 2019

See also Joyce 2017, Perea et al. 2014, Rhodin et al. 2015, Sterli 2015, Sterli and de la Fuente 2013, Sterli et al. 2015 and Sterli et al. 2015

Sister taxa: Helochelydridae, Sichuanchelyidae, Spoochelys

Subtaxa: Chubutemys Meiolaniidae Otwayemys Patagoniaemys Peligrochelys Trapalcochelys

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Ecology:

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Australia (9 collections), New Caledonia (3)

• Pliocene of Australia (1)

• Miocene of Australia (2), New Zealand (1)

• Oligocene to Miocene of Australia (3)

• Eocene of Argentina (4), Australia (1)

• Paleocene of Argentina (20)

• Cretaceous of Argentina (17), Australia (3)

Total: 64 collections including 66 occurrences

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