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    FOSSIL DRY LAND TURTLE
    Stylemys nebrascensis
    Oligocene
    Whiteriver Formation, Crawford, northwest Nebraska

    This superb tortoise shell is extremely complete, exhibiting both upper carapace and plastron, and with only 1% restoration. The Stylemys nebrascensis were quite numerous during the Oligocene period and are found throughout most formations. Most, however, are found in many pieces, which is known amongst collectors as an exploded specimen, and are nigh on impossible to piece back together; few are found as pristine and complete as the present example. These turtles were first collected and described in 1851 by Dr Joseph Leidy; since that time hundreds of specimens have found their way into the museums of the world, but few are as fine as this 6¼ x 5-inch example.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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