Freshwater turtle the size of a Smart car


side_necked_turtle_lr.jpgThe fossilised remains of a giant freshwater turtle was recently discovered in Colombia

Living around 60 million years ago, before the Andes mountain range was formed and some 5 million years after the dinosaurs became extinct, this massive “coal turtle” (Carbonemys cofrinii) had a shell which measures 5 feet 7 inches long.  According to the research scientists, this is the first evidence of “giantism” in freshwater turtles.

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Bite marks on many of the turtle shells found at the site reveal battles between side-necked turtles and crocodiles.  According to the researchers, no crocodile would have dared tackle a fully grown coal turtle like those uncovered in Colombia. They say it’s more likely that this really big turtle (Carbonemys cofrinii) fed on crocodiles.

 Source: Mongabay

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