Dog leads paleontologist to ancient tortoise remains

April 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

110630_fossil_1_18457329jpg The persistence of his dog, Webster, led a Ruskin, FL paleontologist to his most important discovery—pieces of a 500,000-year-old fossilized giant tortoise that reassembled measured 51 inches long, 42 inches wide and 21 inches high. “What he found was one of the most important giant tortoise fossil sites in the world, right here in Hillsborough County,” said Frank Garcia. “I decided to call the spot Webster’s Site.” Tampa Tribune.



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