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2009-03-07 – Coahuila, MEX: the oldest chelonid turtle

Oldest sea turtle fossil unveiled in Mexico

“It is the oldest sea turtle of its kind and it belongs to the chelonia family. The oldest specimen of this species up to now was 65 million years old and was found in New Jersey, United States,” the INAH said in a statement.

The fossils of seven sea turtles were found at different sites in Coahuila, the state that Mexican scientists call “the paradise of paleontology.”

The sea turtle inhabited the northern region in the late Cretaceous period, 72 million years ago, and is the ancestor of the present day green turtle, the institute said.

It was one meter (yard) long, 70 centimeters (28 inches) wide and distinguished from other turtles by its rounded head.

source: AFP

marzo 7, 2009 - Posted by | - Rettili, 2 Jurassic / Giurassico, America Central, An. Vertebrates, Mesozoic, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia | , , , , ,

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