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Temporal range: Miocene – Pleistocene
|An artist's illustration of Megalochelys atlas|
Falconer & Cautley, 1837
| †Megalochelys atlas|
Falconer and Cautley, 1844
Megalochelys atlas, formerly known as Colossochelys atlas, Geochelone atlas, or Testudo atlas and initially described in 1837 (later withdrawn) as Megalochelys sivalensis, is an extinct species of cryptodire turtle from the Miocene through the Pleistocene periods. During the dry glacial periods it ranged from western India and Pakistan (possibly even as far west as southern and eastern Europe) to as far east as Sulawesi and Timor in Indonesia. It was the largest testudine known.
In the Media
- A Megalochelys briefly appears in the 1988 film, The Land Before Time.
- A Megalochelys is featured as a mechanical Zord in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.