Temporal range: Late Cretaceous-Early Eocene 70.6–50.3 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Baenidae
Genus: Palatobaena
Gaffney, 1972
  • P. bairdi Gaffney, 1972 (type)
  • P. cohen Lyson & Joyce, 2009
  • P. gaffneyi Archibald & Hutchison, 1979
  • P. knellerorum 2021

Palatobaena is an extinct genus of baenid turtle. It was first named by Gaffney in 1972 and the type species is Palatobaena bairdi. It based on a fragmentary skull from the Fort Union Formation of the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming.[2] The two other species are P. gaffneyi (a complete skull from Eocene (Wasatchian North American Land Mammal Age))[3] and P. cohen which existed in Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota during the late Cretaceous period (Maastrichtian age).[4]


  1. ^ Tyler R. Lyson and Walter G. Joyce (2009). "A Revision of Plesiobaena (Testudines: Baenidae) and an Assessment of Baenid Ecology Across the K/T Boundary". Journal of Paleontology. 83 (6): 833–853. doi:10.1666/09-035.1. S2CID 85964417.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Gaffney, E. S. (1972). "The systematics of the North American family Baenidae (Reptilia, Cryptodira)". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 147: 241–320.
  3. ^ Archibald, J. D. & J. H. Hutchison (1979). "Revision of the genus Palatobaena (Testudines, Baenidae), with the description of a new species". Postilla. 177: 1–19.
  4. ^ Lyson, T.R. & Joyce, W.G. (2009). "A New Species of Palatobaena (Testudines: Baenidae) and a Maximum Parsimony and Bayesian Phylogenetic Analysis of Baenidae". Journal of Paleontology. 83 (3): 457–470. doi:10.1666/08-172.1. S2CID 86045244.