Fossil Favourite Stamp Turtle

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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