Fossilized turtle excavated

2014-11-03 21:42
A turtle fossil has been found near Las Cruces in the US. (The Las Cruces Sun-News)

A turtle fossil has been found near Las Cruces in the US. (The Las Cruces Sun-News)

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Las Cruces - Fossilized remains of a turtle believed to have lived in a swampy environment tens of millions of years ago have been recovered from a desert location in southern New Mexico.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that scientists and volunteers from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History excavated the fossilized turtle found on federal property near Truth or Consequences last week.

The team first scoured ground at the site for loose pieces of fossilized bone and turtle shell, which were placed in bags.

The team then carefully dug around the bulk of the fossilized turtle and applied plaster to keep the remains intact while it's transported back to the museum in Albuquerque for display.

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