Ancient sea turtle fossil found in Alabama named new genus, species

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“A study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have revealed that fossils found in west Alabama belonged to a turtle who swam the seas 75 million years ago.

The discovery of the new genus and species of sea turtle may fill a gap in the animal’s evolution, according to UAB.

Drew Gentry, a UAB Ph.D. candidate who led the study, said the origin of the sea turtle is ‘is one of the great unsolved mysteries in evolutionary biology.’ He said, ‘There is a great deal of evidence indicating that turtles may have evolved to live in the ocean several times over the past 150 million years. The trick is determining which of those species are actually the direct ancestors of the species we see today.’”

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