Smith's Parrish (Pleistocene of Bermuda)

Where: Bermuda (32.3° N, 64.7° W: paleocoordinates 32.3° N, 64.7° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by R. Durham in 1991

Collection methods: chemical, mechanical,

• 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.

Primary reference: 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]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 190749: authorized by Evangelos Vlachos, entered by Evangelos Vlachos on 16.12.2017

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Taxonomic list

 Testudines - Pantestudinidae
Hesperotestudo bermudae n. sp. Meylan and Sterrer 2000 turtle
BAMZ 1991–086, partial skeleton