The Messel Pit site in Germany (an oil shale outcropping shown here) was once a deep volcanic crater lake in a wet, tropical environment. The pit was a…Read More »
quarry originally mined for the oil in the shale there; but over the years, it has become the richest site in the world for understanding the living environment of the Eocene, the epoch between 57 million and 36 million years ago when mammals began conquering the planet. [Read full story] Less «
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Caught in the Act
Credit: Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt
A mating pair of the extinct turtle found at Messel Pit. Researchers suspect the turtles died as they were having sex and sinking to deeper layers of the…Read More »
The extinct turtle would have mated like today's turtles, including its closest living relative, the pig-nosed turtle.
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