Navigation Links
New thick-shelled turtle species lived with world's biggest snake
Date:4/6/2010

The discovery of a new fossil turtle species in Colombia's Cerrejn coal mine by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and the Florida Museum of Natural History helps to explain the origin of one of the most biodiverse groups of turtles in South America.

Cerrejonemys wayuunaiki takes its genus name from Cerrejn, and emysGreek for turtle. Its species name is the language spoken by the Wayuu people who live on the Guajira Peninsula in northeastern Colombia near the mine.

About as thick as a standard dictionary, this turtle's shell may have warded off attacks by the Titanoboa, thought to have been the world's biggest snake, and by other, crocodile-like creatures living in its neighborhood 60 million years ago.

"The fossils from Cerrejn provide a snapshot of the first modern rainforest in South Americaafter the big Cretaceous extinctions and before the Andes rose, modern river basins formed and the Panama land bridge connected North and South America," explains Carlos Jarmillo, staff scientist at the Smithsonian who studies the plants from Cerrejn.

"We are still trying to understand why six of this turtle's modern relatives live in the Amazon, Orinoco and Magdalena river basins of South America and one lives in Madagascar," explains Edwin Cadena, first author of the study and a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University. "It closes an important gap in the fossil record and supports the idea that the group originated near the tip of South America before the continent separated from India and Madagascar more than 90 million years ago."

Cadena will characterize two more new turtle species and analyze the histology of fossil turtle bones from the Cerrejn site. "I hope this will give us an even better understanding of turtle diversity in the region and some important clues about the environment where they lived."


'/>"/>

Contact: Beth King
kingb@si.edu
703-487-3770 x8216
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Commercial fishing estimated to kill millions of sea turtles
2. How can accidental captures of loggerhead turtles be reduced?
3. Turtles Christmas journey tracked by scientists
4. National Science Foundation Fellow uses ultrasound to research bog turtles
5. UAB research team saves turtle species on the brink
6. Scientists identify worlds largest leatherback turtle population
7. Turtles no longer turned into souvenirs
8. Cost of hatchling turtles dash for freedom
9. No place like home: New theory for how salmon, sea turtles find their birthplace
10. Turtles alter nesting dates due to temperature change says ISU researcher
11. Scientists call for protected swimways for the endangered leatherback sea turtle
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New thick-shelled turtle species lived with world's biggest snake
(Date:12/10/2014)... 9, 2014     ...   Jifflenow, a ... solutions for business-to-business (B2B) events, today announced a ... mobile near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth low energy (BLE), ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140612/691055) , Jifflenow will integrate its ...
(Date:12/3/2014)...   Marvin Test Solutions , a trusted ... military, aerospace, and manufacturing organizations, today announced the ... TS-900 PXI semiconductor test platform . The TS-960 ... to customers at a fraction of the footprint ... "Our semiconductor customers asked for ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... for higher driver efficiency are piloting the North American ... the number of accidents growing, gesture recognition systems that ... will make a mark in the industry. ... of the Automotive Gesture Recognition Market in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Jifflenow And ITN International Bring Cutting-Edge Badge Scanning Technology To B2B Events 2Jifflenow And ITN International Bring Cutting-Edge Badge Scanning Technology To B2B Events 3Marvin Test Solutions Brings New Capabilities to PXI-Based Semiconductor Test with TS-960 2Marvin Test Solutions Brings New Capabilities to PXI-Based Semiconductor Test with TS-960 3Gesture Recognition Intensifies with the Rise of In-car Smartphone Integration, Says Frost & Sullivan 2Gesture Recognition Intensifies with the Rise of In-car Smartphone Integration, Says Frost & Sullivan 3Gesture Recognition Intensifies with the Rise of In-car Smartphone Integration, Says Frost & Sullivan 4
... available amount of fossil fuels is limited and their ... The generation of fuels from biomass as an alternative ... Chemie , Johannes A. Lercher and his team at ... catalytic process that allows the effective conversion of biopetroleum ...
... KAN. -- A Kansas State University graduate student sees the ... Smith, master,s student in civil engineering, Independence, Mo., is working ... to improve the quality of unpaved roads throughout Kansas. ... in Kansas are unpaved, Smith said. "One of the ...
... advancing field of tissue injury and repair has an ... will report the latest research findings, innovative wound care ... skin and tissue regeneration to optimize patient outcomes. The ... is an Official Publication of the Wound Healing ...
Cached Biology News:Algae for your fuel tank 2The path less traveled: Research is driving solutions to improve unpaved roads 2The path less traveled: Research is driving solutions to improve unpaved roads 3New publication fosters improved wound care for ulcers, limb salvage, burns, trauma, and more 2
(Date:12/24/2014)... Earlier this year in a June 24 international ... Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC ( ASCTC ) ... unique property of adult tissue stem cells. His ... the Past, Important for the Future,” embodied the essence ... the address at the 4th World Congress on Cell ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 2014 The report provides ... its definition, classification, application and industry overview. ... process, and product cost structure. Production is ... analysis also covers upstream raw materials, equipment, ... trend and proposals. In the end, the ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... -- China Biologic Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBPO, "China ... plasma-based biopharmaceutical company in China ... Taibang Biological Products Co. Ltd., has received Good ... and Drug Administration (the "CFDA") for its new ... the Company,s public filings, the CFDA inspected this ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Dec. 23, 2014  Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (NASDAQ: ... filed a Clinical Trial Application (CTA) with the ... Agency (MHRA) seeking regulatory approval to initiate clinical trials ... Citrate. Contingent on the Company receiving CTA ... I trial to assess the safety, tolerability and dose ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC’s Director Sherley's Address on What’s Holding Back Regenerative Medicine Featured on Omics Group Website 2Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC’s Director Sherley's Address on What’s Holding Back Regenerative Medicine Featured on Omics Group Website 3Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC’s Director Sherley's Address on What’s Holding Back Regenerative Medicine Featured on Omics Group Website 4Worldwide Methyl Mercaptan Market 2015-2020 Forecasts on Development & Trends Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 2China Biologic Receives GMP Certification for New Coagulation Factor Facility 2China Biologic Receives GMP Certification for New Coagulation Factor Facility 3Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Files Clinical Trial Application in the UK for Clinical Trials of Anatabine Citrate Formulations 2Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Files Clinical Trial Application in the UK for Clinical Trials of Anatabine Citrate Formulations 3
... ... listed below, ST. LOUIS, June 13 ETHEX Corporation announced ... mg extended release tablets, and specific lots of morphine,sulfate 30 mg ... oversized tablets. Oversized tablets may contain as,much as two times the ...
... Conn., June 13 Alexion,Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... President and Chief Financial Officer of Alexion,Pharmaceuticals, will ... Stock,Conference in Chicago at 9:10 a.m., local time ... An audio webcast of Mr. Sinha,s remarks will ...
... 13 Best Practices, LLC,s latest,benchmarking study explains ... CI operations while working within defined,guidelines., Particular ... is being,collected, and how CI groups work within ... collection that are in the best interests of,the ...
Cached Biology Technology:ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Specific Lots of 30 mg. and 60 mg. Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets 2ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Specific Lots of 30 mg. and 60 mg. Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets 3ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Specific Lots of 30 mg. and 60 mg. Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets 4Pharmaceutical Competitive Intelligence Excellence: Optimizing Data Collection with Approved Guidelines 2
Sheep polyclonal to Melatonin ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Melatonin Tg conjugate....
Goat anti-PITPN Class: Antibody Product Group: Miscellaneous Antibody...
COMING SOON: Anti-Mouse CD205 (DEC-205),Clone NLDC-145, mAb...
Anti-MT3-MMP Membrane-Type Metalloproteinase-3; propeptide domain; rabbit host...
Biology Products: