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Reptilia - Testudines
From Cadena and Joyce 2015: According to Wagner (1853), the holotype of Platychelys oberndorferi was part of the collection of Dr. Oberndorfer of Kelheim, Germany. This specimen was transferred to Munich in 1866 (Zittel 1877), where it was studied by Maack (1869), Rütimeyer (1873) and Oertel (1915). Currently, the holotype is not to be found at the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie. It likely was destroyed during a World War II air raid that effaced much of the collections of Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (Wellnhofer 1967). Although the holotype is now lost, it is well figured (Wagner 1853, pl. 1; Meyer 1860, pl. 18.4) and the application of the name Platychelys oberndorferi is uncontroversial. We therefore see no need for the designation of a neotype.
|Year||Name and author|
|1853||Platychelys oberndorferi Wagner p. 242 figs. plate 1|
|1889||Platychelys oberndorferi Lydekker pp. 216-217 fig. 48|
|2006||Platychelys oberndorferi Gaffney et al. p. 26|
|2008||Platychelys oberndorferi Danilov and Parham|
|2013||Platychelys oberndorferi Cadena et al. p. 114|
|2014||Platychelys oberndorferi Perea et al.|
|2014||Platychelys oberndorferi Puntener et al.|
|2015||Platychelys oberndorferi Cadena and Joyce p. 14|
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|E. Cadena and W. G. Joyce 2015||Platychelys oberndorferi can be diagnosed as a panpleurodire and a platychelyid by the full list of apomorphies listed above. Platychelys oberndorferi is currently differentiated from Notoemys by the presence of a strongly sculpted carapace with a serrated margin and high medial and lateral knobs with strong serrations, relatively narrow, rectangular vertebrals, supramarginals, a supracaudal scute, relatively narrow neurals, an iliac scar that extends onto the peripherals and pygals, by lacking apparent suprapygal elements.|