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Odontochelys by NTamura Odontochelys by NTamura
Odontochelys semitestacea, a wonderful new discovery from the Late Triassic of China (published November 2008). It is to date the oldest known turtle and differs from all others by being protected by only the bottom part of the shell (the plastron) and in having teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. It measured about 30-40 cm in length and was probably lived in shallow marine water.
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saitho Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Can I use the bottom turtle for my browsergame?
I'm asking because I mustn't edit it because it's under CC. ^^
I'll give credits to you.
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NTamura Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Sure go ahead...
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Such a strange animal...
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avancna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one guy suggests that the plastron may have helped the first turtles "toboggan" from sunning spots into the water.
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NTamura Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Interesting idea... You should have it published! ;)
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avancna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not mine to publish, though.
The guy pointed it out as he noticed how his pet turtles always slid down into their water whenever he passed by.
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NTamura Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Mmh, seals and penguins do the same although they did not develop a plastron...
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avancna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True...
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ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Student Filmographer
I heard about this, it is a cool discovery
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NTamura Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Yep, it got me interested in the origin of turtles! Fascinating... Another one of the recent discoveries I'd like to do is Eileanchelys but there isn't much pictures I could find about it.
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