Fossilised turtle arms reunited

The arm of a sea turtle first discovered 160 years ago has been put back together as the second half of the broken bone has just been found.

The broken arm bone of the turtle Atlantochelys mortoni was first found back in the 1840s and helped scientists map the breed, which existed 70-75 million years ago. However, a new dig has just found the corresponding half of the bone, creating a perfect match.

This has helped further understanding of the Atlantochelys mortoni, with scientists now realising that the turtle was much bigger than first thought.

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