World's Oldest Turtle Fossil Could Bridge Evolutionary Gap
October 19, 2012
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Polish paleontologists have uncovered what they believe is the world's oldest turtle fossil in the southern city of Poreba. They've also found what they suspect is a separate turtle species, previously unknown and hope that subsequent examination will help solve unanswered questions about the animals' evolution.
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