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Chelonoidis hesterna Auffenberg 1971

PaleoDB taxon number: 364323

Alternative combinations: Geochelone (Chelonoides) hesterna, Geochelone hesterna

Full reference: W. Auffenberg. 1971. A new fossil tortoise, with remarks on the origin of South American testudinines. Copeia 1971(1):106-117

Belongs to Chelonoidis according to M. S. de la Fuente et al. 2018

Sister taxa: none

Type specimen: UCMP 40200, a skeleton (complete shell with skull, lower jaw, and most postcrania). Its type locality is San Nicolas, which is in a Miocene terrestrial conglomerate/claystone in Colombia.

Average measurements (in mm): carapace 278.0 x 163.0

Estimated body mass: 2.97 kg based on carapace length