5.5" Inflated Fossil Tortoise (Stylemys) - South Dakota

This is a nicely inflated 5.5" long, Oligocene aged fossil tortoise (Stylemys nebrascensis) from the White River Formation in the Badlands of South Dakota. It is nicely inflated with almost no crushing, unlike many specimens. There is about 5% restoration in total.

Stylemys ("pillar turtle") is the first fossil genus of dry land tortoise discovered in the United States. The genus lived in temperate to subtropical areas of North America, Europe, and Asia
These extinct tortoises had primitive jaw muscles, unlike today's tortoises, which also display the os transiliens bone, and would have been herbivorous. While Stylemys species did exhibit the same neck structure as modern tortoises, the forelimbs weren't ideal for burrowing.
FOR SALE
$1,195
DETAILS
SPECIES
Stylemys nebrascensis
LOCATION
Pennington County, South Dakota
FORMATION
White River Formation
SIZE
Length: 5.5", Width: 4.5", Height: 2.4"
ITEM
#235562
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