The Trackway of the Platysternid Turtle Platysternon megacephalum and its Implications for the Identification of Turtles from Tracks – Asher Lichtig


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  1. Rohan H Holloway on September 9, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Isn’t it superfluous to say that it’s a Platysternid when it’s only one species?
    Cool study, though I wonder how often Platysternon walks on sand in the wild?

    • Asher J Lichtig on September 18, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      In the modern context it says that a trackway was not made by another turtle. The tracks give you an indication that at least one individual is in the area even if that individual cannot be found. In the context of trace fossils it may allow identification of past areas of occurrence.

  2. Dale Jackson on September 17, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Surprised to see how detailed those trackways come out; very nice.

    • Asher J Lichtig on September 18, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      It has surprised us just how clearly even dry sand will take tracks. Particularly in our more controlled experiments with other species seeing detailed plastron imprints, tail drags and toe marks.

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