tagged w/ coal turtle
The bones of a giant turtle were unearthed in Colombia in a coal mine. This ancestor of our modern day turtles had a shell that could be turned upside-down and used as a small swimming pool!
At 60 million years old, the “coal turtle” reminds us of the gigantic prehistoric creatures that once inhabited our earth. The giant lived after the dinosaurs had passed on, but during a time when giant reptiles like mega-snakes ruled.
Discovery News notes that unlike today’s slow-moving veggie lovers, this type of turtle could have snapped up animals as large as crocodiles in its huge jaws.
The huge turtle sounds pretty scary! And a pretty hilarious contrast in comparison with the pet turtles my uncle keeps in his San Francisco apartment. I wonder which museum will house this monster turtle and when we will get a chance to check it out! I love the idea of seeing that big shell . . . I might even try to recreate it on the roof of my apartment building!
Even more, this giant reminds me of a dream I once had . . . the ninja turtles would have nothing on this guy!
Photo Credit: All rights reserved by ashliek (via flickr)The bones of a giant turtle were unearthed in Colombia in a coal mine. This ancestor... more