Not Turtles all the Way Down…

 From the New Scientist News Service:

A newly identified fossil could explain one of evolution’s biggest mysteries – the origin of the turtle’s shell.
Bone fragments from a 210-million year-old, land-dwelling reptile from New Mexico suggest that the earliest turtles didn’t have much of a shell at all.
Over millions of years, rows of protective armour plates gradually fused together and to the reptile’s vertebrae, eventually creating a complete shell.
“Turtles ultimately originated from something that looked like an armadillo,” says lead author Walter Joyce, a palaeontologist at the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut.

 Read the complete New Scientist news article here.

One Comment to “Not Turtles all the Way Down…”

  1. Hi Mr. Thysse, I hope all is well with you. Here is part 8, enjoy.


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