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    Description

    UNCOMMON SMALL FOSSIL TURTLE
    Stylemys nebrascensis
    Oligocene, White River Badlands
    South Dakota, USA

    While the term "cute" may not be a typical word to use when describing vertebrate fossils, this Stylemys nebrascensis, measuring a diminutive 5 inches (12.7 cm) in length, is certainly befitting of the adjective. Most collectors consider small fossil turtles and tortoises - which is the case here with this "pillar turtle" belonging to the first fossil genus of dry land tortoise discovered in the United States - to be more sought after as they are much more of a rarity than the larger more "full size" specimens. This little sandy brown example certainly has an appealing nature. The fossil is in good condition with just a small patch of material missing from the bottom of the shell. There is evidence of stabilization, which is quite common in fossil preparation, and both the carapace and the plastron exhibit only a few minor areas of restoration.
    Overall Measurements: 5 x 4 x 2.5 inches (12.7 x 10.16 x 6.35 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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