Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Desmatochelys padillai, The Oldest Known Marine Turtle?

Oldest known marine turtle? A new protostegid from the Lower Cretaceous of Colombia. 2015. PaleoBios

The partial skeleton of Desmatochelys padillai, with a length of nearly 6.5 feet (2 m), shows all of the characteristic traits of modern marine turtles. It originates from Cretaceous sediments and is at least 120 million years old.