Smith's Parrish: Late/Upper Pleistocene, Bermuda
collected by R. Durham 1991

List of taxa
Where & when
Taphonomy & methods
Metadata & references
Taxonomic list
Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae
Hesperotestudo bermudae n. sp. Meylan and Sterrer 2000
BAMZ 1991–086, partial skeleton
see common names

Coordinates: 32.3° North, 64.7° West (view map)
Paleocoordinates:32.3° North, 64.7° West
Basis of coordinate:based on nearby landmark
Period:Quaternary Epoch:Pleistocene
10 m.y. bin:Cenozoic 6
Key time interval:Late/Upper Pleistocene
Age range of interval:0.12600 - 0.01170 m.y. ago
Age estimate:maximum 320 Ka (unknown)
Lithology and environment
Primary lithology: not reported
Environment:terrestrial indet.
Modes of preservation:body
Size of fossils:macrofossils
Collection methods and comments
Collection methods:chemical,mechanical,survey of museum collection
Reason for describing collection:taxonomic analysis
Collectors:R. Durham Collection dates:1991
Collection method comments: BAMZ (Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo)

The fossil reported here was discovered on 13 March 1991 by Mr Raymond ‘Jackie’ Durham of Bermuda during excavation of a vertical limestone wall. The posterior end of the shell was opened by excavation machinery revealing an open interior space, and excavation ceased. Some broken pieces of shell were recovered and all loose bone was removed from inside the shell. The remainder of the tortoise was removed from the vertical wall as a block on 15 August 1991. The block was mechanically reduced in volume and then acid prepared.
Database number:190749
Authorizer:E. Vlachos Enterer:E. Vlachos
Created:2017-12-16 13:24:27 Last modified:2017-12-16 13:24:27
Access level:the public Released:2017-12-16 13:24:27
Creative Commons license:CC BY
Reference information

Primary reference:

64121. P. A. Meylan and W. Sterrer. 2000. Hesperotestudo (Testudines: Testudinidae) from the Pleistocene of Bermuda, with comments on the phylogenetic position of the genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 128:51-76 [E. Vlachos/E. Vlachos]