? Cheirogaster sp. (O. Testudines, fam. Testudinidae, Geochelone sl.) du Paléogène de Naia, Tondela et l'âge du gisement

  • M. Telles Antunes
  • F. de Broin

Abstract

Key words: Testudinidae, Upper Eocene (probable), Naia,
Portugal.

A land tortoise from a new locality at Naia, Tondela, is described. It is to be. reported either to an advanced form of the genus Hadrianus or to an archaic representative of Cheirogaster; it may be included in the comprehensive genus Geochelone s. I., excluding however Ergilemys and its descendants. There is a strong possibility in favour of Cheirogaster. Testudo must also be excluded. It is not possible to classify this specimen at species' level. Our specimen does agree best with Upper Eocene Testudinidae and with some Lower Oligocene ones.
Its age is certainly not Upper Oligocene or later, nor Lower and
Middle Eocene.
This datation is not opposed to the age of the fossiliferous clays of Naia as supposed by correlation with another locality - Coja, about 30 km to the South - which 'yielded an assemblage of mammals whose Ludian (Upper Bartonian s. I.) age seems well established.
Naia and Coja's fossil-bearing clays must be nearly synchronous; their origin is well in place among the phenomena related to the surrection of iberian Central Chain during paroxysmal phase of pyrenean orogenesis.

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Published
2008-07-29
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ANTUNES, M. Telles; BROIN, F. de. ? Cheirogaster sp. (O. Testudines, fam. Testudinidae, Geochelone sl.) du Paléogène de Naia, Tondela et l'âge du gisement. Ciências da Terra / Earth Sciences Journal, [S.l.], v. 3, july 2008. ISSN 2183-4431. Available at: <http://cienciasdaterra.novaidfct.pt/index.php/ct-esj/article/view/51>. Date accessed: 13 june 2021.
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