Researchers discover first fossilized pregnant turtle
Fossilized pregnant turtles used to be the stuff of fables and legends...until now. Researchers have announced the discovery of a 75-million-year old fossil of a pregnant turtle, first found in Alberta in 1999, but released to the public only today.
University of Calgary scientist Darla Zelenitsky says it's the first time the fossil of a pregnant turtle has been discovered anywhere.
She says the find will yield new ideas on the evolution of egg-laying and reproduction in turtles and tortoises.
The 40-centimetre long fossil closely resembles a turtle but Zelenitsky notes that it looks like it has been "run over by a semi".
The remains of at least five crushed eggs are visible within the body of the fossil and a CT scan exposed more eggs hidden under its shell.