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Evolution of the Turtle Shell (Illustrated)

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Published on May 30, 2013

Evolution of the turtle shell based on developmental and fossil data. This animation is based on the work of Dr. Tyler Lyson, currently at the Smithsonian Institution The animation shows how various fossils, particularly Eunotosaurus and Odontochelys, bridge the morphological gap between a generalized animal body plan to the highly modified body plan found in living turtles.
The paper, published in Current Biology, can be found here: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/a...
Animation by Stroma Studios
www.stromastudios.com

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