Discovered: The ancient turtle as big as a car

The giant freshwater reptile had a head the size of a football and likely chowed down on small crocodiles

By The Week Staff | May 21, 2012

The remains of a gigantic, predatory turtle were just unearthed in a Colombia coal mine, giving researchers new insights into the tendency for oversize species to thrive after the age of the dinosaurs. North Carolina State University paleontologists call the 60-million-year-old reptile Carbonemys cofrinii, or “coal turtle.” Here, a concise guide to the discovery:

Okay, it’s not exactly a car story but it’s Friday so enjoy learning more about the turtle hereā€¦



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