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New fossil reveals an ancient Transylvanian turtle that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs

The fossilized plastron (left) and shell (right) of the newly discovered tortoise shell. (Image credit: University of Tübingen)

A 70-million-year-old fossil unearthed in Transylvania is a newly discovered freshwater species tortoise which likely survived the extinction event that wiped out the Nonavian dinosaur.

Researchers first found the reptilian fossil in the 1990s at a place called the Haţeg Basin in Romania. The remains include nearly complete sections of the turtle’s carapace (upper shell) and plastron (undershell), as well as a bone from one of its arms and another from its pelvis. Based on those body parts, the researchers estimated the turtle would have had a body length of about 7.5 inches (19 centimeters), they reported in a new study. The team named the new species Dortoka Vremiri in honor of Mátyás Vremir, a Cretaceous vertebrate expert who died in 2020.

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