July 14, 2013

Ocepechelon bouyai reconstruction by Charlene Letenneur

"This species appears to have been a suction-feeder, although unlike extant turtles which use that strategy, the gape is very small and the snout is a long bony tube. Remarkably, the functional morphology has been compared to beaked whales and pipefish. This illustration also shows the curious posteriorly-placed nostrils and traces of mouth papillae (inferred from leatherbacks and beaked whales). What it doesn’t show is the size; with a 70 cm long skull, this was one of the largest of the marine turtles." Keep reading at Species New To Science

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