Car-sized Turtle Fossil Found
Car-sized Turtle Fossil Found The car-sized tortoise fossil, estimated to have lived in South America until about 7 million years ago, was unearthed by scientists.
Fossils belonging to the ‘stupendemys geographicus’ species, first thought to have begun to live 13 million years ago, were found in the Tatacoa Desert of Colombia and the Urumaco region of Venezuela.
The first fossils belonging to this species were discovered in the 1970s, but numerous issues regarding the animal, which are estimated to be 4 meters long, remain a mystery.
This species, which is thought to be the size and weight of a car, is estimated to have lived in South America before the Amazon and Orinoco rivers were formed.
Males of this species are thought to have a horn on either side of their shell. Due to the deep wounds found in fossils, these horns are estimated to have been used in fights with opponents.
The researchers say that they found a three-meter long shell and lower jaw bone, and thanks to these discoveries, they got a clue about the animal’s eating habits.
According to the researchers, this giant turtle lived with giant crocodiles deep in the lakes and rivers; it ate smaller animals, grass, fruits, and seeds.
The reason this species is so large is considered to be protecting itself against other wild animals.