Fossilized turtle discovered in southern NM

Fossilized turtle discovered in southern NM

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A turtle fossil believed to be 90 million years old has been unearthed in southern New Mexico.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, a group of scientists and volunteers from the New Mexico Museum of National History excavated the fossilized turtle on federal property near Truth of Consequences last week.

The team dug a trench around the location of the turtle and applied plaster to the chunk of dirt which will help keep it intact while it is transported to Albuquerque.

You might remember that a stegomastadon fossil was found in that same area this summer. A group of guys stumbled upon it at Elephant Butte Lake in June. It could be the most complete fossil of an ancient elephant ever found in New Mexico, possibly the U.S.

It’s now being cleaned up and will be put on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

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