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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Science |

Giant turtle fossil discovered in coal mine in northern Colombia

Liz Bradford

After spending four days examining a coal mine in northern Colombia, a group of paleontologists from the University of North Carolina, discovered the fossil of one of the largest turtles found so far. The “carbonemys cofrinii” would have resulted in five million years after the dinosaurs disappeared and have lived together for cerrejonensis Titanoboa, the largest snake reported until now.

The details of this discovery was finally unveiled this week to the journal “Journal of Systematic Palaeontology” which recounts his discovery in 2005 and features of this reptile that would have possessed a large jaw, a size of 1.72 inches, with a skull of 24 cm can devour even their own natural predators, the crocodiles.

Also believed that grew to such proportions due to a combination of changes in the ecosystem that favored their spread and survival. Among these factors is the minimal presence of predators which would have had to face, coming to devour many other species with which insurance competed for food.

Edwin Cadena, the Ph.D. candidate paleant logo that made the discovery said that “this fossil offers the first evidence of gigantism in freshwater turtles,” that a statement of the specialist who spread the journal.

On the other hand, if equivalence is the size of the turtle would correspond to a smart car, while her shell easily serve as a pool for children and their head like the size of a football.

Link: Huge Turtle Was Titanoboa’s Neighbor (Wired)

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