Oldest sea turtle fossil

By | 2017-10-13T02:59:45+00:00 May 20, 2017|Biology, Records|

Oldest sea turtle fossil

Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 2:59 am

A skeleton of the now-extinct Desmatochelys padillai sea turtle discovered in Colombia in 2007 was found to be 120 million years old. The turtle thus lived during the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

SOURCE:
Hirayama, Ren (1998). Oldest known sea turtle. Nature392(6677): 705–708.

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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