Giant snake lived with giant turtle cousin

Remember Titanboa from a few months ago? It turns out the giant snake had a giant shelled cousin living in the same neighborhood, and the turtle’s shell may have evolved to resist the snake:

Fox News — Named Puentemys mushaisaensis after the pit where it was found, the turtle, whose shell would have extended 5 feet (1.5 m) across, adds to growing evidence that tropical reptiles ballooned after the dinosaurs were wiped out.

Even with its mouth wide open, Titanoboa wouldn’t have been able to down this turtle, not whole at least. And its round, low-domed shape would have increased the surface area exposed to the sun to keep the cold-blooded turtle warm, said study researcher Carlos Jaramillo of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. “The shell was far more rounded than a typical turtle,” Jaramillo told LiveScience.

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