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
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