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[Merged]Fifty million year old mating turtles found

turtles mating allaeochelys crassesculpta

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:38 PM

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It is the first time fossils of vertebrates - animals with backbones that include ourselves - have been caught in the act.

Nine pairs of fossils - the females identified by their shorter tails - were found in a the Messel Pit, near Darmstadt in Germany. It is believed the copulating couples were overcome by poisonous gas at the bottom of a volcanic crater.

Dr Walter Joyce, of the University of Tuebingen, Germany, said the turtles belonged to an extinct species known as Allaeochelys crassesculpta and anatomical evidence revealed each pair had a male and female member.

Their upper shell would have reached almost two feet in length and been more than a foot wide. Males had much longer tails protruding beyond the margin of the shell, whereas the females' were short enough to remain inside.

Dr Joyce said: "We demonstrate for the first time all couples contain one male and one female individual and the tails of some males are aligned with those of the female."

http://www.telegraph...-years-ago.html

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:06 PM

Oh well. At least they probably died wth smiles on thier faces :)


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Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:13 PM

View PostEnglishgent, on 20 June 2012 - 04:06 PM, said:

Oh well. At least they probably died wth smiles on thier faces :)

My thoughts exactly. BTW, do turtles smile? :unsure2:

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:52 PM

http://www.interesti...-million-years/

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