Researches have discovered something startling from our past.
A turtle the size of a Honda or Toyota or Kia once existed in South America over 60 million years ago, according to the research done on its fossil remains.
The turtle's skull was roughly the size of a NFL football, and its powerful jaws would've been able to eat anything from snails to crocodiles.
It was like a real life Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle besides the teenage and ninja part.
Its shell was measured at almost 6 feet or DOUBLE the size of a kiddy swimming pool.
It is the only turtle fossil of that size to have been discovered at that site.
Here's what one scientist said:
"It's like having one big snapping turtle living in the middle of a lake. That turtle survives because it has eaten all of the major competitors for resources. After spending about four days working on uncovering the shell, I realized that this particular turtle was the biggest anyone had found in this area for this time period — and it gave us the first evidence of gigantism in freshwater turtles."
If scientist talk is hard to understand for you, don't worry, it's hard for us, too!
That's why we've translated the quote into something more understandable from our special machine that we've never used before.
The translation said:
"Damn, that turtle was HUGE! It ate everything around him and OWNED other turtles. It was like super OLD, too. Its shell was bigger than your FACE!"
End of translation…
[Image via Liz Bradford.]
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