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Article: A new turtle from the La Colonia Formation (Campanian–Maastrichtian), Patagonia, Argentina, with remarks on the evolution of the vertebral column in turtles

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 54
Part: 1
Publication Date: January 2011
Page(s): 63 78
Author(s): Juliana Sterli and Marcelo S. de la Fuente
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STERLI, J., DE LA FUENTE, M. S. 2011. A new turtle from the La Colonia Formation (Campanian–Maastrichtian), Patagonia, Argentina, with remarks on the evolution of the vertebral column in turtles. Palaeontology54, 1, 63–78.

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