Saturday, 26 April 2014

Two new river turtle species described

Date:
April 24, 2014

Source:
University of Vermont

Summary:
The alligator snapping turtle is the largest river turtle in North America, weighing in at up to 200 pounds and living almost a century. Now researchers have discovered that it is not one species -- but three. By examining museum specimens and wild turtles, the scientists uncovered deep evolutionary divisions in this ancient reptile.


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