Second Half of Turtle Fossil Found 165 Years Later
Paleontologist makes surprising find in New Jersey stream bed
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2014 6:17 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An amateur paleontologist hunting for shark teeth in a New Jersey stream bed found something a lot more interesting: one half of an arm bone from an ancient, massive sea turtle, reports the LA Times. The astonishing part is that the other half of the bone has been sitting in a museum for 165 years, reports Phys.org. "As soon as I saw them fit together—it was just like, what I'm seeing in front of me can't be happening," says Jason Schein of the New Jersey State Museum. "It's too crazy."

The strangeness got rolling in 2012 when an amateur named Gregory Harpel found the bone and brought it to the Jersey museum. Experts there recognized it as a turtle fossil and thought it looked vaguely familiar, reports Nature. Sure enough, when they brought it to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, it lined up perfectly with a bone that wound up in the collection there in 1849. It's striking for two scientific reasons: First, the bone makes clear that the 70-million-year-old turtle it came from was probably about 10 feet long, one of the largest ever known. Second, the 2012 discovery defies conventional wisdom about fossils—scientists can't believe the newly discovered half, despite being exposed, is generally in the same condition as the one that's been safely tucked away for more than a century.

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ssw
Mar 27, 2014 4:33 PM CDT
Just an amazing find . . . . though not as amazing as if one end of the bone had been found in New Jersey and the other end in, say, northern California. :)) BUT an amazing find indeed! I do believe something about it MUST be named for " . . an amateur named Gregory Harpel . . "
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Mar 26, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
In the pursuit of related truth for anyone that may want to take an honest look at the facts you can google astrophysicist, Hugh Ross PHD. - or either scientific creation or reasons to believe.
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Mar 26, 2014 9:44 AM CDT
It may be "news" to many but Darwin wasn't the first to speculate on the evolutionary theory now attributed to him and he eventually realized the many holes in the theory and irrational scientific views needed to sustain a belief in it. Just one of his many later quotes-"why if species have descended from other species by fine gradations is not all nature in confusion instead of being, as we see them, the species well defined?" A few years after Darwin ,professor TH. Morgan at Cal Institute of Technology stated "The theory of descent (evolution) is lacking in the most essential features that it takes to place it on a scientific basis." Simple translation= Evolution has no scientific support or validity. Hundreds of leading scientists from every known scientific field reject the entire theory of evolution and related conjecture like "global warming". .