turtle

Scientists: Turtle 'shell' formed by ribs, not skin
The turtle's carapace originates from its ribs, which have deformed into a single plate. (Provided by the Riken national research institute)
Japanese scientists say they have settled a long-standing debate about how a turtle’s "shell" is formed.
Egg-laying turtles drawing crowds in Amami-Oshima
A crowd gathers as a loggerhead sea turtle lays eggs on an Amami-Oshima island beach on June 30. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
Nighttime crowds are gathering on an island in southern Japan to observe loggerhead sea turtles coming ashore to lay eggs.
World's oldest turtle fossil confirmed in Ishikawa
Fossils confirmed as being the world's oldest for soft-shell turtles (The Asahi Shimbun)
Two fossils discovered in 1994 in Hakusan were confirmed recently as being that of a new genus and species of the Trionychidae family of soft-shell turtles, and about 20...
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