Basilemys is the largest land turtle of the Cretaceous period in North America. Given its size, it’s surprisingly poorly known as a complete animal. This specimen is exciting because the shell being totally disarticulated before burial gives us the opportunity to restore the high domed shell in 3 dimensions for the first time ever. It is also significant because it preserves several non-shell elements, adding to our knowledge of this specimen and the shell itself shows evidence of fungal infections during life, just like modern tortoises. Fossil is 78 million years old.
In Saurian Edit
Basilemys will appear in Saurian. It is portrayed with thick scales and a somewhat flat shell. Its' color is dark brown head and legs and a yellow shell with brown stripes to match its' habitat.
|Animals of Saurian|
|Playable: Ankylosaurus • Anzu • Dakotaraptor • Pachycephalosaurus • Triceratops • Tyrannosaurus
Non-playable: Acheroraptor (originally playable) • Alvarezsaur • Anatosaurus • Axestemys • Basilemys • Bone Butte Bird • Borealosuchus • Brachychampsa • Brodavis • Casterolimulus • Chamops • Champsosaurus • Denversaurus • Didelphodon • Habrosaurus • Meniscoessus • Mosasaurus • Ornithomimid • Quetzalcoatlus • Palaeosaniwa • Pectinodon • Thescelosaurus • Thoracosaurus • Toxochelys