Monte Puente Ballesta site, Salas de los Infantes (Cretaceous to of Spain)

Where: Castilla y León, Spain (42.0° N, 3.3° W: paleocoordinates 33.0° N, 7.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Pinilla de los Moros Formation (Urbion Group), Late/Upper Hauterivian to Late/Upper Hauterivian (136.4 - 125.5 Ma)

• Pinilla de los Moros Formation, late Hauterivian–early Barremian. On the basis of charophyte biozonation, this fluvial formation has been dated in the area of Salas de los Infantes as late Hauterivian–early Barremian

Environment/lithology: fluvial; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: MDS collection, Museo de Dinosaurios de Salas de los Infantes, Burgos, Spain

Primary reference: A. Pérez-García and X. Murelaga. 2012. Larachelus morla, gen. et sp. nov., a new member of the little-known European Early Cretaceous record of stem cryptodiran turtles. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(6):1293-1302 [R. Benson/R. Benson]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 135702: authorized by Roger Benson, entered by Roger Benson on 04.11.2012

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Taxonomic list

 Testudines -
Larachelus morla n. gen. n. sp.
Larachelus morla n. gen. n. sp. Pérez-García and Murelaga 2012 turtle
Holotype, MDS-MPBS-6, a left ilium and a partial carapace preserving the fourth and sixth neural plates; the fourth to eighth left, fifth and sixth right, and the distal region of the seventh and eighth right costals; the suprapygal; the pygal; the second, fourth to seventh, and ninth to eleventh left peripherals; the second, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and eleventh right peripherals; the right epiplastron; both hyoplastra; the right hypoplastron; and the left xiphiplastron; plus MDS-MPBS-18, right epiplastron and MDS-MPBS-28, right xiphiplastron