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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Turtle Missing Link Discovered

The earliest turtles known to live in the water have been discovered on the Scottish isle of Skye.

Fossils of the 164-million year-old Eileanchelys waldmani were discovered embedded in rock on the Scottish isle of Skye in the bay of Cladach a'Ghlinne. The discovery included four complete turtles, as well as remains from at least two others. These are the most complete specimens from the Middle Jurassic period to-date.

The Eileanchelys waldmani is believed to be the "missing link" between ancient and modern turtles. The remains are being housed at the National Museums Scotland at Edinburgh.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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