First Cretaceous dermochelyid turtle from Africa

Haiyan Tong*, Ren Hirayama

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An isolated hyoplastron of a chelonioid sea turtle is reported from the Maastrichtian (Upper Cretaceous) deposits of the Ouled Abdoun phosphate basin, Morocco. It closely resembles that of the Late Cretaceous dermochelyid, Corsochelys haliniches from Alabama (USA) and is referred to the family Dermochelyidae. The find from Morocco is the first record of a dermochelyid turtle from the Cretaceous of Africa and indicates a vast geographical distribution of the family during that period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalRevue de Paleobiologie
Issue numberSPECIAL NO. 9
Publication statusPublished - 2005 May 6
Externally publishedYes


  • Dermochelyidae
  • Maastrichtian
  • Morocco
  • Ouled Abdoun
  • Phosphate basin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Palaeontology


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