Toxochelys (TOKS uh Chel ees) is an extinct genus of marine turtle from the Cretaceous period. It is the most commonly found fossilized turtle species in the Smoky Hill Chalk, in western Kansas. Toxochelys was about 2 meters (6 feet) in length. There are five known species in the genus: Toxochelys bauri, Toxochelys browni, Toxochelys latiremus, Toxochelys weeks, and Toxochelys moorevillensis. Phylogenetic analysis shows that Toxochelys belong to an extinct lineage of turtles transitional between modern sea turtles and other turtles.
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- In The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists, an adult Toxochelys carries one of her babies into the water, before entering herself and swimming away with her babies passing Littlefoot.
- It will appear in the video game Saurian.
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