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Two New Snapping Turtle Species Overnight

Turns out that the largest river turtle in North America is not one but three species. Researchers from the University of Florida and the University of Vermont uncovered this unexpected species richness after sequencing DNA from alligator snapping turtles and analyzing body shapes. The findings, published this month in Zootaxa, indicate that the three species are genetically and morphologically distinct—and are more endangered than originally thought, Scientific American reports.

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