Hello, friendly seniors!How can I help you today, Stegosaurus?This thing called Google knows the answer to every question ever!Type anything into the box, and the Google tells you everything you could possibly want to know!We are making excellent progress on the Tortpocalypse!PIggyback ride time!I feel so tall!Hanging out with seniors is so much fun!Have you helped a senior today?I vote more seniors hangouts from now on!

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This week’s Tortie Scouts are helping seniors!

I helped the seniors in our house by showing them how to use these new-fangled contraptions called tablets. Afterwards, the friendly seniors gave me piggyback rides!

Kirby! You’re so good at helping!

The round shape of a new species of fossil turtle, reported July 11, 2012, and found in Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia, would have meant more surface area to be warmed by the sun. (Liz Bradford)

A newfound giant turtle that lived 60 million years ago in what is now northwestern South America would have been more than a mouthful for a neighboring predator, the world’s largest snake Titanoboa.

The turtle’s huge carapace, or shell, was nearly circular, like a tire, the researchers said.

The fossil turtle was discovered in Colombia’s La Puente pit in the Cerrejón Coal Mine, made famous for its other treasures, including the extinct Titanoboa cerrejonensis, two crocodile species, Cerrejonisuchus improcerus and Acherontisuchus guajiraensis, as well as two turtle species, the small-car-size Carbonemys cofrinii and the thick-shelled Cerrejonemys wayuunaiki. (C. improcerus would have been an easy meal for the 45-foot, or nearly 14 meters, Titanoboa snake, said researchers who discovered the 6- to 7-foot-long snake.)

Named Puentemys mushaisaensis after the pit where it was found, the turtle, whose shell would have extended 5 feet (1.5 m) across, adds to growing evidence that tropical reptiles ballooned after the dinosaurs were wiped out.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/12/giant-round-prehistoric-turtle-discovered/?cmpid=cmty_%7BlinkBack%7D_Giant%2C_round_prehistoric_turtle_discovered#ixzz20Szdz8XR

The round shape of a new species of fossil turtle, reported July 11, 2012, and found in Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia, would have meant more surface area to be warmed by the sun. (Liz Bradford)

A newfound giant turtle that lived 60 million years ago in what is now northwestern South America would have been more than a mouthful for a neighboring predator, the world’s largest snake Titanoboa.

The turtle’s huge carapace, or shell, was nearly circular, like a tire, the researchers said.

The fossil turtle was discovered in Colombia’s La Puente pit in the Cerrejón Coal Mine, made famous for its other treasures, including the extinct Titanoboa cerrejonensis, two crocodile species, Cerrejonisuchus improcerus and Acherontisuchus guajiraensis, as well as two turtle species, the small-car-size Carbonemys cofrinii and the thick-shelled Cerrejonemys wayuunaiki. (C. improcerus would have been an easy meal for the 45-foot, or nearly 14 meters, Titanoboa snake, said researchers who discovered the 6- to 7-foot-long snake.)

Named Puentemys mushaisaensis after the pit where it was found, the turtle, whose shell would have extended 5 feet (1.5 m) across, adds to growing evidence that tropical reptiles ballooned after the dinosaurs were wiped out.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/12/giant-round-prehistoric-turtle-discovered/?cmpid=cmty_%7BlinkBack%7D_Giant%2C_round_prehistoric_turtle_discovered#ixzz20Szdz8XR