Dinochelys whitei

FACTS

The type specimen, or the first Dinochelys whitei found and described, is from Carnegie Quarry

The Carnegie Quarry specimen of Dinochelys includes an articulated foot, which is rare because of its delicate nature

Dinochelys is Greek for “terrible turtle”

The turtle Dinochelys swims in a jurassic pond

Dinochelys whitei swims in a pond in the Morrison Ecosystem.


Dinochelys whitei is a species of turtle from Carnegie Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument. The type specimen of this species was excavated from inside the quarry building, and described by Eugene Gaffney in 1979. A cast of  the shell is on display at the Quarry Exhibit Hall. It was named after Dinosaur National Monument Paleontologist Ted White.

Specimens of Dinochelys whitei from the Carnegie Quarry:

Dinochelys whitei, DINO 986, on display at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
Dinochelys whitei, DINO 986, on display at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

Dinochelys whitei, DINO 986, on display at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
Dinochelys whitei, DINO 986, on display at the Quarry Exhibit Hall

Information to be added as it becomes available

Information to be added as it becomes available

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