Temporal range: Late Jurassic, Tithonian
Palaeomedusa testa fossil at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Pantestudines
Clade: Testudinata
Family: Thalassemydidae
Genus: Palaeomedusa
P. testa
Binomial name
Palaeomedusa testa
Meyer, 1860

Palaeomedusa testa is an extinct species of thalassochelydian turtle from the Tithonian of the Late Jurassic (145.5 to 150.8 million years ago).[1] It was first described by the German palaeontologist Christian Erich Hermann von Meyer in 1860.[2] It is the only species classified under the genus Palaeomedusa.[3]

See also


  1. ^ J. Anquetin, C. Puntener, and W. G. Joyce. 2017. A review of the fossil record of turtles of the Clade Thalassochelydia. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 58(3):317-369
  2. ^ F. A. Quenstedt. 1882. Handbuch der Petrefaktenkunde [Handbook of Fossils] viii-1239
  3. ^ Walter G. Joyce (2003). "A new Late Jurassic turtle specimen and the taxonomy of Palaeomedusa testa and Eurysternum wagleri" (PDF). PaleoBios. 23 (3): 1–8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-01.