Fossilised tortoise shell

Fossilised tortoise shell

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fossilised tortoise shell. Close-up of the fossilized shell of Stylemys nebrascensis. This animal was a large terrestrial tortoise that lived during the Oligocene epoch (around 34 to 23 million years ago). This specimen is from the White River Badlands, South Dakota, USA, and measures 220 x 330 mm.

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