09 December 2008

A place called home: Turtle

Took me long enough to read this news article but it was well worth it.

A fossil found in SW China has led to this brand new revelation - namely something to do with the turtle's shell and how the little guy ended up with it.

Alright, it's not brand new concept; apparently it was a debate amongst scientists for years now. Wonder if there was an occasional scuffle in the canteen as the debate got a bit heated?

In a study to be published Thursday, scientists report on the discovery of a missing-link species -- Odontochelys semitestacea, for "toothed, half-shell turtle" -- whose outer shell emerged directly from the ribs and backbone and not from the skin, as some have argued.

Read the rest at YahooNews. Just a fascinating little story.