- Now, millions of years later, scientists from the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan have discovered that the eggy rock has the remains of a giant prehistoric turtle baby.
What are the new fossil turtle baby eggs?
These turtles — known as the nanhsiungchelyids — are an extinct group of land-roaming turtles that no longer exist. And attributes about them are now being described in a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
- The turtles walked alongside dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period, which happened about 145 to 66 million years ago.
- “These were not small turtles by any stretch,” said Darla Zelenitsky, an author of the new study and a paleontologist at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, according to National Geographic.
What does it mean?
Scientists said there are a number of findings to glean from the research. For one, it helps them identify other types of turtles that existed at the time of the nanhsiungchelyids. In fact, it helped the scientists identify other eggs that belong to that group too, per National Geographic.
And it shows that more eggs like this one could be found elsewhere. In fact, Zelenitsky told CBC News that this egg is the first of its kind, with more possibilities on the way.
- “This is actually the first time that (fossil) turtle eggs or a nest really could be attributed to a particular turtle,” Zelenitsky said.