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Scientists calculated the animal's overall size to be about 3 meters from tip to tail. In this illustration, it is depicted with the outline of a human diver to indicate scale.
Jason Poole, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Stitched-Together Fossil Reveals Giant Prehistoric Sea Turtle

The missing half of a broken bone that was discovered at least 162 years ago has now been found, revealing an ancient sea turtle that spanned about 3 meters from tip to tail. An amateur fossil hunter in New Jersey recently unearthed half of the broken humerus bone of Atlantochelys mortoni. After connecting the two similar-looking fossils, scientists were surprised to find they were a perfect fit and now have the first complete limb of the species. According to LiveScience, the researchers suspect the massive reptile may have resembled modern loggerhead turtles and that it lived 70 million to 75 million years ago at the same time as the dinosaurs.

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