New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs

November 25, 2014 7:37 AM

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New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs

New York: Refuting the notion that turtles are most closely related to lizards and snakes, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences have now reconstructed a detailed “tree of life” linking turtles to dinosaurs.

Using a next generation sequencing technology, authors now place turtles in the newly named group “Archelosauria” with their closest relatives: birds, crocodiles, and dinosaurs.

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