Saturday, April 10, 2010

Big turtle with super-heavy armor found

Sixty million years ago, Columbia was home to the world's biggest-ever snake, Titanoboa. The presence of this monster may have sparked a defensive arms race among prey species, which produced Cerrejonemys wayuunaiki - a turtle whose meter-long shell had the thickness of a phone book.

COMMENT: Well, here's hoping the shell protected it. Carrying all that armor and being, well, a turtle to begin with, it sure couldn't have run from predators.

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