Primer registro de tortugas marinas en el Neógeno superior del SO de España

  1. A. Toscano 1
  2. M. Abad 1
  3. F. Ruiz 1
  4. E. Jiménez-Fuentes 2
  5. E.X. García 3
  6. M.L. González-Regalado 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Huelva

    Universidad de Huelva

    Huelva, España


  2. 2 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España


  3. 3 Universidad de Guadalajara (México)
Geotemas (Madrid)

ISSN: 1576-5172

Year of publication: 2012

Issue Title: VIII Congreso Geológico de España, Oviedo, 17-19 de julio, 2012.

Issue: 13

Pages: 191-194

Type: Article

More publications in: Geotemas (Madrid)


This paper analyzes the fossil record of turtles in the marine neogene formations in the Guadalquivir Basin, (Huelva, SW Spain). Their fossil record consists on a partial set of carapace and isolated plates of carapace, plastron and limb bones. The bone morphology allows the exclusion of both terrestrial and fluvio-lacustrine turtles and makes it possible to attribute them to the family Cheloniidae (sea turtles). The humeri of Cheloniidae are characteristic and can be assigned to the species Syllomus aegyptiacus Lydekker, 1899, a common cheloniid during the Miocene-Pliocene with a global distribution. This record constitutes the first occurrence of this group in the Neogene of southwestern Spain and the first occurrence of Syllomus in the Iberian Peninsula.