New evidence suggests that the earliest ancestors of modern sea turtles may have come from the Deep South. 80-milion-year old fossils of a species of sea turtles that were found in Alabama are thought to be the oldest known species. Known as Ctenochelys acris, this turtle lived in shallow, subtropical sea during the Late Cretaceous period, a time when sea turtle diversity was at an all time high due to warm ocean temperatures. They discovered that C. acris possessed traits of both sea turtles and snapping turtles. Studying the evolutionary history of sea turtles during previous periods of climate change can help determine how climate changes might affect modern turtle populations.
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