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Pre-Historic Turtle Discovered in NJ

Three-foot-long turtle weighed several hundred pounds

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    Pre-Historic Turtle Discovered in NJ

    The remains of a three-foot long, several-hundred pound turtle that roamed the Earth more than 65 million years ago was discovered in sand pit in South Jersey of all places.

    The pre-historic reptile remains were found in Sewell, Gloucester County, last week, according to a Drexel University press release.

    The pit where the discovery occurred was more than five miles out to sea when the turtle lived in the Cretaceous period, according to experts.

    The Taphrosphys turtle, which is the largest of its kind to be found, did not retract its head into its shell, but instead, it folded its head sideways, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    The Drexel excavation also discovered other 65-million-old creatures in the area like: sharks, crocodiles and a fish known as a saber-toothed herring.

    They plan to unveil some of the findings Thursday.