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Minor typo needs to be fixed...[edit]

In the third paragraph: "have higher body temperature than surrounding water since their high metabolic rate." The word "since: should probably be changed to "due to". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.18.111.126 (talkcontribs) 20:08, 3 February 2010‎ (EST)

Habitat[edit]

According to the picture, the range of land turtles includes southern Newfoundland. This is not so, as Newfoundland has no indigenous land turtles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 142.163.154.148 (talkcontribs) 09:16, 28 April 2010‎ (EST)

Systematics and evolution[edit]

There is now strong evidence that turtles are diapsids and sister to archosaurs. This comes from molecular evidence (e.g., Crawford et al. 2012, Field et al. 2014) as well as morphological evidence (e.g. Bever et al. 2015, Schoch and Sues 2015). It would be useful to lead the "Systematics and evolution" section with the information that turtles are diapsids sister to archosaurs. Currently this section consists of a lengthy and convoluted history of controversy instead of getting to the point.

American influence[edit]

Referring to Tortoises under the heading Turtle is a particularly American phenomenon and could be used to support the argument that Wikipedia is overly American biased. It would be more balanced if Turtles and Tortoises were defined separately.John Turner, Burgh House (talk) 11:54, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Quite the opposite, actually. Using "turtle" to refer to only aquatic species is a usage particular to British English and not followed elsewhere. The categorization of all shelled reptiles as "turtles" with "tortoises" referring to only a subset is the standard scientific usage worldwide, as it reflects the taxonomic reality. All tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises. oknazevad (talk) 17:20, 10 September 2019 (UTC)