45 million year old turtle bones in Antarctica

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 23 October 2010

An ancient turtle’s fossils, dating from roughly 45 million years ago, were recently discovered in Antarctica.

Palaeocene and Eocene sedimentary rocks on Seymour Island, Antarctica

The bones, only two fragments from a turtle’s carapace, or shell, were unearthed in the La Meseta Formation on Antarctica’s Seymour Island by an expedition of the Antarctic Institute of Argentina.

While the researchers can’t pin down exactly which species the turtle, or turtles – the fragments may not come from one individual – belonged to, the bones are not from any species that was already known to live in the region during this prehistoric era, which is known as the Eocene Epoch.

The discovery could give scientists clues about what the environment and temperatures were like in Antarctica during this time.

By: Clara Moskowitz
Source: Live Science

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