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The late Paleocene phosphates of the Ouled Abdoun Basin in Morocco have yielded the skull of a new genus and species of side-necked turtle, Phosphatochelys tedfordi. Phosphatochelys is a pelomedusoid pleurodire belonging to the Family Bothremydidae Baur, 1891, based on these characters: (1) precolumellar fossa absent, (2) condylus occipitalis consisting only of exoccipitals, (3) foramen stapedio-temporale not visible in dorsal view and very close to foramen nervi trigemini, (4) eustachian tubedoi:10.1206/0003-0090(2003)279<0644:c>2.0.co;2 fatcat:aaecoyzxlnfehemboonc5rhjr4