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1 October 2010 “Macrobaenidae” (Testudines: Eucryptodira) from the Late Paleocene (Clarkforkian) of Montana and the Taxonomic Treatment of “Clemmysbackmani
Donald B. Brinkman, Michael J. Densmore, Walter G. Joyce
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Two partial “macrobaenid” shells are described from a single Late Paleocene (Clarkforkian 1) quarry at Burns Mine near Washoe, Carbon County, Montana, USA, and are referred to “Clemmysbackmani, a taxon typified in the Paleocene Ravenscrag Formation of Saskatchewan, Canada. Though tentative, morphological, temporal and spatial arguments highlight similarities between “Clemmysbackmani and the Campanian taxon Judithemys sukhanovi, and we therefore suggest the new combination Judithemys backmani. Judithemys sukhanovi and Judithemys backmani both originate from the eastern margins of the western landmass Laramidia and exhibit a pronounced ridge along the visceral side of the first costal and C-shaped bridge peripherals into which the flat thoracic ribs insert superficially, characters that must be interpreted as symplesiomorphies. By contrast, the coeval taxon Osteopygis emarginatus originates from the eastern shores of the eastern landmass Appalachia, lacks the visceral ridge of the first costal, and possesses massive, triangular peripherals into which the peglike thoracic ribs insert deeply.

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Donald B. Brinkman, Michael J. Densmore, and Walter G. Joyce "“Macrobaenidae” (Testudines: Eucryptodira) from the Late Paleocene (Clarkforkian) of Montana and the Taxonomic Treatment of “Clemmysbackmani," Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 51(2), 147-155, (1 October 2010).
Received: 7 April 2010; Accepted: 1 June 2010; Published: 1 October 2010
Bear Creek Local Fauna
Judithemys backmani
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