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New species is quite a pearl!

This Science Feature can be found at: http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/new-species-is-quite-a-pearl/
Pearl river turtle

Pearl river turtle

USGS scientists have discovered a new turtle species, the Pearl River map turtle, found only in the Pearl River in Louisiana and Mississippi. Sea-level changes between glacial and interglacial periods over 10,000 years ago isolated the map turtles, causing them to evolve into unique species.

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