Meiolania sp. nov. 'Wyandotte'

Wyandotte giant horned turtle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Meiolania cf. M. platyceps (Gaffney and McNamara, 1990)


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene (Roberts et al., 2001)



Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Gaffney, Eugene S. and McNamara, Greg. (1990). A meiolaniid turtle from the Pleistocene of northern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum (Proceedings of the De Vis Symposium) 28(1): 107-113.

Roberts, Richard G, Flannery, Timothy F., Ayliffe, Linda, Yoshida, Hiroyuki, Olley, Jon M., Prideaux, Gavin J., Laslett, Geoff M., Baynes, Alexander, Smith, M. A., Jones, Rhys I. and Smith, Barton L. (2001). New ages for the last Australian megafauna: Continent-wide extinction about 46,000 years ago. Science 292(5523): 1888-1892.

Turtle Extinctions Working Group et al. (2015). Turtles and Tortoises of the World During the Rise and Global Spread of Humanity: First Checklist and Review of Extinct Pleistocene and Holocene Chelonians. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5: 1-66.


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