Morphology and Evolution of Turtles

  • Donald B. Brinkman
  • Patricia A. Holroyd
  • James D. Gardner

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Perspectives on the Life and Accomplishments of Eugene S. Gaffney

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eugene S. Gaffney
      Pages 9-15
  3. The Origin of Turtles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Robert L. Carroll
      Pages 19-36
    3. Hiroshi Nagashima, Shigehiro Kuraku, Katsuhisa Uchida, Yoshie Kawashima-Ohya, Yuichi Narita, Shigeru Kuratani
      Pages 37-50
    4. Olivier Rieppel
      Pages 51-61
    5. Torsten M. Scheyer, Ingmar Werneburg, Christian Mitgutsch, Massimo Delfino, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra
      Pages 63-70
  4. The Early Diversification of Turtles

  5. Pleurodire Diversity and Biogeography

  6. Diversity, Biogeography, and Paleobiology of Late Cretaceous and Tertiary Turtles

  7. Pathologies, Anomalies, and Variation in Turtle Skeletons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 499-499
    2. Bruce M. Rothschild, Hans-Peter Schultze, Rodrigo Pellegrini
      Pages 501-534
    3. Robert W. Burroughs, Christopher J. Bell, Travis J. LaDuc, Dean A. Hendrickson
      Pages 535-566
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 567-577

About this book


This volume celebrates the contributions of Dr. Eugene Gaffney to the study of turtles, through a diverse and complementary collection of papers that showcases the latest research on one of the most intriguing groups of reptiles. A mix of focused and review papers deals with numerous aspects of the evolutionary history of turtles, including embryonic development, origins, early diversification, phylogenetic relationships, and biogeography. Moreover it includes reports on important but poorly understood fossil turtle assemblages, provides historical perspectives on turtle research, and documents disease and variation in turtles. With its broad scope, which includes descriptions of material and new taxa from Australia, Asia, and Europe, as well as North and South America, this work will be an essential resource for anyone interested in the morphology and evolution of turtles. 

“This volume’s breadth of time, geography, and taxonomic coverage makes it a major contribution to the field and a ‘must have’ for all vertebrate paleontologists.”, James F. Parham, California State University, CA, USA 

“A comprehensive and sweeping overview of turtle evolution by the top experts in the field that will interest everyone curious about these unique reptiles.” Jason S. Anderson, University of Calgary, Canada 

“An invaluable addition to the literature that covers the full spectrum of approaches toward understanding the evolution of these noble creatures.” Ann C. Burke, Wesleyan University, CT , USA 

“A truly comprehensive volume that both the student of fossil turtles, as well as the general reader interested in these enigmatic creatures, will find fascinating.” Tyler Lyson, Yale University, CT, USA


Cryptodiran turtles Pleurodire biogeography Turtle embryology Turtle evolution Turtle osteology Turtle pathologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Donald B. Brinkman
    • 1
  • Patricia A. Holroyd
    • 2
  • James D. Gardner
    • 3
  1. 1.Royal Tyrell MuseumDrumhellerCanada
  2. 2.Museum of PaleontologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Royal Tyrrell MuseumDrumhellerCanada

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