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« on: 03/07/2009 11:17:33 »
I just came across a question on Tortoises on WikiAnswers and felt compelled to answer it, now I'm late getting off to sort out some airfreight returns to Aus & Canada, best get a move on!
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_was_the_first_Tortoise_seen_on_earth&updated=1&waNoAnsSet=1
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« Reply #1 on: 04/07/2009 00:04:21 »
You should get someone to start a new thread so that you can post your knowledge onto this forum!

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« Reply #2 on: 04/07/2009 15:35:15 »
You should get someone to start a new thread so that you can post your knowledge onto this forum!

It wouldn't take up a lot of space!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: 05/07/2009 01:11:04 »
Oh, too modest matey. Too modest.

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« Reply #4 on: 14/07/2009 09:42:58 »
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The earliest tortoise fossils found date to the Triassic period.

The remains of a turtle called Odontochelys semitestacea (a half shelled, toothed turtle) have been described from three sets of fossilised remains found in China and dated at around 220 million years old.

As these already show many of the main characteristics of the modern Testudines, it can be reasonably assumed that the ancestors date back further than this.

The probability is that Odontochelys semitestacea and all modern Testudines evolved from a species of the Anapsids (Clade Anapsida) of the late Carboniferous or early Permian period around 280 - 300 million years ago.

All the Anapsid reptiles, with the exception of Clade Anapsidas and the Procolophonids became extinct during the mass extinction of the Permian period.


The Procolophonids became extinct at the end of the Triassic period, while the Clade Anapsidas evloved into the modern Testudines
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« Reply #5 on: 14/07/2009 10:20:49 »
Don. Ewe are the turtle master....no question !

Why not start a thread/blog in this forum detailing various aspects of turtle and tortoise joy ?
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« Reply #6 on: 16/07/2009 13:05:26 »
Look, here are the little perishers basking in the sun after a spot of din-dins.
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Pork Pie on the left & Mr Pastry on the right.
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« Reply #7 on: 20/07/2009 06:37:23 »
Are they dead?

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« Reply #8 on: 20/07/2009 08:20:52 »
If they are, they sure eat, poo and wee a lot for corpses!
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« Reply #9 on: 21/07/2009 06:28:18 »
Oh, it's just that they seem to be in the same position every time. I wonder why...hmmm... [:P]

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« Reply #10 on: 21/07/2009 08:57:19 »
Are you suggesting I should take some more piccys of them?

Hmm, perhaps I should, they are a tad bigger now.
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« Reply #11 on: 21/07/2009 09:02:43 »
Are you suggesting I should take some more piccys of them?
Bingo! You're smarter than I thought! [;D]

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« Reply #12 on: 21/07/2009 11:09:43 »
Are you suggesting I should take some more piccys of them?
Bingo! You're smarter than I thought! [;D]

Oh no I'm not!
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