The timeless turtle
- It’s amazing to think that turtles once walked and swam with dinosaurs.
- They have survived – little changed – for millions of years.
- This skull is a little squashed, but you can still clearly see the eye sockets and nose cavity.
- Turtles have a hard upper shell that protects them like a shield, called a ‘carapace’. The lower shell is the ‘plastron’.
- A big problem with fossil turtles is that the skull and shell are rarely found together and therefore we don’t know which belongs with which.
- Turtles live mainly in water, tortoises on land, and terrapins in water and on land. But people often call them all by the same name.
- Meet this little turtle at Dorset County Museum.
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