Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Scientists re-assemble a single giant turtle out of bones found 160 years apart

About 160 years ago, a fossil was found in New Jersey that scientists were able to use to describe the sea turtle Atlantochelys mortoni. And this week, another fossil was found in a nearby area that scientists believe to be part of the same creature. The fossil fragments are a perfect match and now give scientists more information about one of the largest sea turtles that ever lived.
The original fossil was found in 1849 and was identified to be part of the sea turtle's broken arm bone. Since then it's been sitting in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University — until recently, when amateur fossil paleontologist Gregory Harpel presented a fossil he discovered on an embankment in Monmouth County. According to BBC News,...
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