Ancient turtle bones discovered in Antarctica

An ancient turtle’s fossils, dating from roughly 45 million years ago, were recently discovered in Antarctica.

The bones, only two fragments from a turtle’s carapace, or shell, were unearthed in the La Meseta Formation on Antarctica’s Seymour Island by an expedition of the Antarctic Institute of Argentina.

While the researchers can’t pin down exactly which species the turtle, or turtles — the fragments may not come from one individual — belonged to, the bones are not from any species that was already known to live in the region during this prehistoric era, which is known as the Eocene Epoch.

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