Pond in Grande Terre Island (Pleistocene of Seychelles)

Also known as Aldabra atoll

Where: Aldabra, Seychelles (9.4° S, 46.5° E: paleocoordinates 9.4° S, 46.5° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Aldabra Limestone Formation, Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

Environment/lithology: lacustrine - small; carbonate

• a partially dried-out pond
• All described material derives from calcarenitic sediments of Late Pleistocene age, the so-called Aldabra Limestone with an age of 90000–125000 years

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by D. M. Hansen

Collection methods: surface (in situ), mechanical, ,

• All specimens are stored in the Seychelles Natural History Museum (SNHM). The bones were cleaned and prepared with a set of pneumatic scribe tools and measurements were taken with an iGaging digital caliper.

Primary reference: T. Scheyer, M. Delfino, N. Klein, N. Bunbury, F. Fleischer-Dogley and D. M. Hansen. 2018. Trophic interactions between larger crocodylians and giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll, Western Indian Ocean, during the Late Pleistocene. Royal Society Open Science 5(171800):1-15 [E. Vlachos/E. Vlachos]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taphonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 191365: authorized by Evangelos Vlachos, entered by Evangelos Vlachos on 23.01.2018

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Reptilia
 Testudines - Pantestudinidae
Aldabrachelys gigantea Schweigger 1812 Aldabra giant tortoise
various shell fragments and elements of the appendicular skeleton with traces and marks of predation, supposedly from a large crocodile
 Crocodylia - Crocodylidae
Crocodylidae indet. Cuvier 1807 crocodile
hree skull and mandible fragments, and postcranial remains (three vertebral remains and an osteoderm fragment)