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Madrid once home to herds of giant tortoises

Madrid's Gran Via.
Madrid’s Gran Via. Image by Eric Titcombe / CC BY 2.0

Madrid’s Gran Via was once home to herds of 2-metre-long tortoises according to a new report. The Titanochelon genus of tortoise was uncovered by researchers working on fossils found in Madrid’s National Museum of Natural Sciences. The tortoises were apparently short, but very strong and covered with scales, the 10-year-study has concluded. Read more: theguardian.com