German palaeontologists have dug up the remains of nine turtle pairs that died while mating some 47 million years ago, sinking into poisonous waters while locked in a final embrace, a report said on Wednesday. This is the earliest evidence ever found mating in vertebrates, the authors of a study published Wednesday, June 20 in the journal Biology Letters of the British Royal Society.
These turtle pairs, Allaeochelys crassesculpta, extracted from the Messel Pit Fossil Site, a disused quarry shale located near Frankfurt (Germany). The species is now extinct. Beyond the anecdotal aspect of this deadlock, this discovery is instructive about these prehistoric freshwater turtles. It also provides information about conditions that existed at the site of Messel during the middle Eocene (40 to 50 million years), providing researchers.....
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