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Ancient Giant Turtle Could Give Gators A Run For Their Money
2012-05-18 11:06:17

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com Florida paleontologists digging in a northern Colombia coal mine have discovered the remains of a giant turtle so big it was capable of snacking on ancient alligators, according to a new report in the online version of the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. The 60-million-year-old reptile, dubbed Carbonemys cofrinii or “coal turtle,” is considered to be part of a family of freshwater turtles called pelomedusidae. These turtles are also referred...

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2010-04-06 14:02:23

The discovery of a new fossil turtle species in Colombia's Cerrej³n coal mine by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and the Florida Museum of Natural History helps to explain the origin of one of the most biodiverse groups of turtles in South America. Cerrejonemys wayuunaiki takes its genus name from Cerrej³n, and emys"”Greek for turtle. Its species name is the language spoken by the Wayuu people who live on the Guajira Peninsula in...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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