Tuesday, September 8, 2015

World’s Oldest Sea Turtle Was 6 Feet Long, Fossil Reveals

What is now believed to be the world's oldest sea turtle specimen beat the previous record holder by 25 million years, paleontologists say. The 120-million-year-old creature, dubbed Desmatochelys padillai sp., measures nearly 2 meters (6.5 feet) long.

In 2007, the "almost completely preserved skeleton" was discovered next to four skulls and two shells in central Colombia by hobby paleontologists. Researchers have dated the fossils back to the Cretaceous period based on the turtles' physical characteristics and the sediment in which the fossils were discovered.

Read more: http://www.discovery.com/dscovrd/wildlife/worlds-oldest-sea-turtle-was-6-feet-long-fossil-reveals/

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