Sahonachelys mailakavava

Sahonachelys mailakavava is an ancient freshwater turtle belonging to the Late Cretaceous period. It was discovered in June 2015 in the Maevarano Formation – a geological formation in northwestern Madagascar known hosting large number of fossilised birds, mammals, crocodiles and dinosaurs. This species is most likely a suction feeder – a specialised form of underwater feeding involving the sucking of a large amount of water along with the desired prey. This turtle was found to be the ancestor of podocnemidid turtles.


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