Oldest fossil turtle found, according to a report in BBC News, 16 November 2005. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth have found the fossilized remains of a new species of turtle in Lower Cretaceous rocks in the Crato formation of South America, dated as 120 million years old. The specimen was buried in fine mud so that the outline of the webbing between the toes has been preserved. It has been named Araripemys arturi and is the oldest fossil with paddle shaped feet like modern turtles. The shell was pitted like that of living “soft shell” turtles that don’t have a keratin covering but was a different shape to other species of Araripemys.


Editorial Comment: Although this turtle is now extinct and is a little different from other turtles it is not evidence for evolution. It was a fully formed creature with a shell and feet designed for swimming. Therefore, it is evidence for sudden appearance of separate kinds followed by loss of species, which fits Genesis rather than evolution. Furthermore, the preservation of soft tissue outline indicates the fine mud was deposited rapidly and the creature was probably alive or recently dead when it was buried. (Ref. palaeontology, deposition, living fossil)