Temporal range: Eocene
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Allaeochelys is an extinct genus of pig-nosed turtle.
It is believed to be the only example in the fossil record of vertebrates mating.
Dr Walter Joyce of the University of Tübingen says that "We've demonstrated quite clearly that each pair is a male and a female, and not, for example, just two males that might have died in combat....People had long speculated they might have died while mating, but that's quite different from actually showing it."
- Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News (20 June 2012 Last updated at 02:20). "Turtles fossilised in sex embrace". BBC News: Science and Environment. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
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