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Lot 1469

Complete Manchurochelys Turtle. Turtles are unique in the animal world having their entire torso embedded in a bony shell casing. There still is no consensus about their origins. Turtle fossils are usually just the carapace without the head and limbs. This 125 million year old fossil 6 inches long Manchurochelys sp. from Liaoning, China is the rare exception having an excellent 1.5 inch skull and all four limbs, feet and tail. This turtle has a complete shell and its medium brown color is nicely contrasted against the lighter beige 6.25 x 5.3 inch stone matrix. Manchurochelys was a Crytodira turtle that could not withdraw its head and limbs inside like modern turtles. A rare, spectacular and well detailed fossil turtle.

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Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,500.

Realized $930

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