University of Calgary

First Known Fossil Gravid Turtle

This report of a fossil turtle with eggs preserved inside its body cavity and a fossil turtle nest, both from Alberta, shows the changes that occurred in the eggs and eggshells of turtles during their evolution, from dinosaur-aged turtles to turtles living today.  Read more about this discovery below:

The Toronto Star: Fossilized pregnant turtle unveiled
CBC News: World's 1st pregnant turtle fossil found in Alberta
CTV News: First fossilized pregnant turtle found in Alberta
Calgary Herald: Tyrrell shows off unique pregnant turtle fossil
Live Science: Fossil of Ancient Pregnant Turtle Discovered
Science Daily: First Prehistoric Pregnant Turtle And Nest Of Eggs Discovered In Southern Alberta
Terra Daily: Ancient Mother Spawns New Insight On Reptile Reproduction
Victoria Times Colonist: Turtle fossil prompts rethink of egg-laying
Fox News: Fossilized Pregnant Turtle Found 75 Million Years After Death
Toronto Sun: A Shell Shocker - Turtle fossil's a first
SCWIST: World's 1st pregnant turtle fossil found in Alberta
Newstrack India: Discovery of prehistoric pregnant turtle may shed new light on reptile reproduction
Illustrerad Vetenskap (Science Illustrated): Forskare avtäcker förhistorisk dräktig sköldpadda (in Swedish)

For the original article, see:

Zelenitsky, D.K., Therrien, F., Joyce, W.G., and Brinkman, D. 2008. First fossil gravid turtle provides insight into the evolution of reproductive traits in turtles. Biology Letters. 4: 715-718.