Quantcast

This Prehistoric Turtle Had a Nose Only a Mother Could Love

October 23, 2015



Researchers have discovered and described a new species of prehistoric turtle that sports a nose that only a mother could love. The 76 million-year-old reptile, Arvinachelys goldeni, or Miss Piggy as described by graduate student Josh Lively of the University of Texas at Austin , had a pig-like snout with two massive nostrils covering most of its nose. Lively studied the turtle for his master’s thesis at the university.

Arvinachelys goldeni

Victor Leshyk

Arvinachelys goldeni has been called Miss Piggy by graduate student Josh Lively, who studied and described it for his master's thesis.

Arvinachelys goldeni was found in southern Utah, a haven for fossil hunters, and was a freshwater turtle that was about two feet in length. Researchers found a complete shell, skeleton, and skull which was scanned with 3D technology to get a better view of how the turtle looked 76 million years ago. Its habitat during the Cretaceous Period was hot and wet, and probably lived in rivers and bayous in what is now the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

The complete paper can be read online at the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology


John Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

 

Related Articles

Former Wild Recon Host Donald Schultz Accused Of Illegally Selling Endangered Lizards

Ex Animal Planet host charged with selling Iranian desert monitors to undercover USFWS agents

Zoo Atlanta's Komodo Dragon, Slasher Dies At 20

Reptile was euthanized due to age-related complications.

Komodo Dragon Attacks Park Employees At Komodo National Park

Employees both bitten in leg by Varanus komodoensis.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module

Cast Your Vote

Where is your dream herping destination?



 

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleEdit Module

Find Us On facebook

Edit Module