This is one of those science stories you may have heard by now, one that I’ve been meaning to post for days, but somehow never got around to. Anyway, a soft-shelled turtle from China can urinate from its mouth and breath through an opening in its genitalia. That would be awesome if people could do that.
Normally, when scientists find fossils, the calcified bones are alone, left where they died as the herd ran off. But for a pair of turtles living in Germany 47 million years ago, they died in each others turtle embrace and have been forever preserves in congress.
Even though turtle eggs are laid at the same time, a clutch doesn’t develop at the same rate. But a long term study of Murray River turtles in Australia has found that these turtles are able to somehow communicate with each other to synchronize their hatching, with some speeding up or slowing down development to keep in line with their siblings.