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A Turtle The Size Of A Car Was Found In A Colombia Coal Mine
Artwork by Liz Bradford
Sixty million years ago, a car-sized turtle with jaws absolute adequate to eat crocodiles and a shell vast adequate to be a tiny swimming pool lived in what is now northern Colombia.
The fossilized creature, named Carbonemys cofrinii, or “coal turtle,” after being detected in a Colombia spark cave in 2005, was recently described by researchers in a Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
The turtle’s skull is about a distance of a football and a shell found circuitously believed to go to a same citation is about 5 and half feet long.
According to Jennifer Viegas of Discovery News:
[North Carolina State doctoral tyro Edwin Cadena] and other experts trust that a multiple of changes in a ecosystem, including fewer predators, a incomparable medium area, abundant food supply and meridian changes, worked together to concede these hulk class to survive.
Paleontologists consider that usually one turtle of this distance was found since it would need a outrageous area in sequence to get adequate food to survive.