Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 74.56–73.04 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Pantestudines
Clade: Testudinata
Family: Baenidae
Clade: Baenodda
Genus: Denazinemys
Lucas and Sullivan, 2006

D. nodosa (Gilmore, 1916)


"Baena" nodosa Gilmore, 1916

Denazinemys was a genus of baenid turtle that lived in the Late Cretaceous of New Mexico. The holotype specimen, which D. nodosa was based on, USNM 8345, consists of a partial carapace and plastron. It came from the De-na-zin Member of the Kirtland Formation, and therefore, Denazinemys lived in the Kirtlandian land-vertebrate age. Many specimens other than the holotype have been assigned to Denazinemys.[1]

Distinguishing characteristics

Previously, Scabremys ornata was assigned to Denazinemys as D. ornata. Below are the features found in Denazinemys distinguishing the two genera:[1]


Denazinemys is a baenid along with Plesiobaena, Boremys, Scabremys, Baena and Chisternon.[1]

Below is a cladogram made by Sullivan et al. in 2013 showing the relations of Denazinemys: (note: Boremys pulchra is partly a junior synonym of Boremys grandis)[1]


hypothetical ancestor

Neurankylus eximius

Trintichelys hiatti


Plesiobaena antiqua

Scabremys ornata

Boremys pulchra

Chisternon undatum

Baena arenosa

Denazinemys nodosa


  1. ^ a b c d e Sullivan, R.M.; Jasinski, S.E.; Lucas, S.G. (2013). "Re-Assessment of Late Campanian (Kirtlandian) Turtles from the Upper Cretaceous Fruitland and Kirtland Formations, San Juan Basin, New Mexico, USA" (PDF). In Brinkman, D.B.; et al. (eds.). Morphology and Evolution of Turtles. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. pp. 337–339. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-4309-0_20.