18 May '12, 2am

Prehistoric Turtle Big Enough To Eat Crocodiles Discovered

Prehistoric Turtle Big Enough To Eat Crocodiles Discovered

A prehistoric turtle big enough to eat crocodiles has been discovered in Columbia. The turtle lived about 60 million years ago, and was about the size of a small car. The fossils were discovered in a coal mine in northern Colombia, in 2005. And the turtle has, thus, been named Carbonemys cofrinii , ‘coal turtle’. The turtle had a skull about the size of a football, and a shell that’s about five and a half feet long. “We had recovered smaller turtle specimens from the site. But after spending about four days working on uncovering the shell, I realized that this particular turtle was the biggest anyone had found in this area for this time period — and it gave us the first evidence of giantism in freshwater turtles,” Cadena says. Smaller relatives of theirs had existed alongside the dinosaurs, but after the dinosaurs were gone, this giant version appeared in the fossil record...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/05/17/prehistoric-turtle-big-e...

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