ANIMAL FACTS - Tortoises and Turtles
Sir Charles Darwin collected Harriet the Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise and two of her friends from the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos and took all three back to England for scientific research.
Turtles and Tortoises are common name for reptiles that make up the order Chelonia, (also known as Testudines), recognized by a hard shell that encloses the internal organs of the body. Turtles are ancient life forms. The earliest fossils recognized as turtles date from the Triassic period, about 200 million years ago; thus, turtles were in existence prior to the emergence of the great dinosaur groups. Unlike dinosaurs, however, turtles have continued to adapt and flourish.
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