SCHILDPADDENFORUM.NET Welkom, Gast. Alsjeblieft inloggen of registreren.

Login met gebruikersnaam, wachtwoord en sessielengte
                                         
  172090 aantal berichten in 14016 topics door 3378 geregistreerde leden Nieuwste lid: FU38
** STARTPAGINA FORUM HELP WEBSITE FOTOALBUM KALENDER INLOGGEN REGISTREREN 

0 geregistreerde leden en 1 gast bekijken dit topic. « vorige volgende »
Pagina's: [1] Omlaag Print
Auteur Topic: Cylindraspis vosmaeri/Rodrigues Giant Tortoise  (gelezen 8259 keer)
Norma
Dipsochelys dussumieri
*****
Offline

Netherlands Netherlands

Berichten: 1406

"Don't be a hare, it's cool to be a tortoise!"


« Gepost op: 4 Oktober 2013, 22:56:26 »


In het topic "Reis Mauritius" laat Elke een foto zien van de Cylindraspis vosmaeri.
Omdat deze uitgestorven soort mij niet bekend was ben ik op zoek gegaan naar meer gegevens:

Het volgende artikel is overgenomen van
http://www.extinct-species.com/works/rodrigues-giant-tortoise/789



Rodrigues Giant Tortoise
by Nick Bibby

Size: 81 × 122 × 94cm
Medium: Bronze
Edition size: 10

Cylindraspis vosmaeri

The project to reconstruct the tortoise started deep in a cave on Rodrigues in December 1997. An expedition for the Natural History Museum, London and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation was digging for bones of the extinct wildlife. The caves are in a calcarenite limestone area that is honeycombed with fissures and potholes. Some of the potholes drop vertically into caverns and it was there that tortoise remain were found. The creatures had fallen into the caverns, had died and lay undisturbed for centuries.

The remains were in good condition; the shells were virtually intact and looked as though they were only a few years old.

"As we held these bones and tortoise carapaces we felt we were reaching into the past, it was a very powerful experience. The connection was so strong it was as if we were going to uncover a living creature. I was so moved that I wanted to rebuild a tortoise to see what it would have looked like."
Dr Carl Jones

Using shells, bones and other museum material, backed up by early descriptions and accounts, Carl Jones, Pangolin Editions and the sculptor Nick Bibby have created a reconstruction which is as close to the living animal as is possible. The head was built upon a copy of a real skull, the body proportions were calculated from bones and the carapace is a remodelled copy of a specimen collected in the 18th Century.

As the tortoise model was being built, an animal began to emerge quite unlike the two-dimensional paintings and drawings of previous reconstructions. Having evolved in the absence of predators this tortoise had developed unique adaptations including a thin, light shell with unusually large apertures, giving greater mobility to the elongated legs and head. This species could browse leaves as high as four feet above the ground.

This giraffe-necked species of giant tortoise was found in enormous numbers on Rodrigues and is known to have been one of the species exported to Mauritius. The tortoises were harvested in large quantities to supply ships with fresh food and as living ballast. The ability of tortoises to survive for long periods without food and water made them popular prey and a welcome change from salted meats. Such was the pressure on the tortoise population that they are presumed to have been extinct that by 1802.


Meer informatie op deze site:
http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2010/05/02/giraffe-necked-giant-tortoises/
Gelogd

Houder van land- en waterschildpadden.
Redactielid Ned/Belgische Schildpadden Vereniging (NBSV) - Trionyx
Pagina's: [1] Omhoog Print
 
« vorige volgende »
Ga naar:  
Recent
door andy_05
[ 7 September 2018, 17:14:02]

door Liene
[ 4 September 2018, 13:41:58]

door Liene
[24 Augustus 2018, 14:18:43]

[10 Augustus 2018, 13:58:17]

door Koenb
[ 6 Augustus 2018, 13:40:41]

[ 4 Augustus 2018, 11:06:56]

[ 4 Augustus 2018, 10:48:41]

door nielo
[ 4 Augustus 2018, 08:04:25]

door Aicha
[ 3 Augustus 2018, 16:58:14]

door Liene
[ 1 Augustus 2018, 13:59:13]

door Koenb
[26 Juli 2018, 15:01:18]

[15 Juli 2018, 18:03:27]

door Serre
[ 8 Juli 2018, 22:40:42]

door Theoz
[26 Juni 2018, 20:17:36]

door nielo
[25 Juni 2018, 21:58:54]

door nielo
[18 Juni 2018, 22:50:57]

door Sap
[15 Juni 2018, 10:55:30]

door Koenb
[13 Juni 2018, 16:08:28]

[10 Juni 2018, 16:53:34]

door Liene
[ 9 Juni 2018, 15:30:24]

door Liene
[ 5 Juni 2018, 18:59:48]

door Liene
[ 4 Juni 2018, 09:19:48]

door wim 2
[ 3 Juni 2018, 14:25:15]

door Liene
[ 1 Juni 2018, 17:18:57]

[28 Mei 2018, 15:40:46]

[27 Mei 2018, 17:28:45]
Welkom, Gast. Alsjeblieft inloggen of registreren.
23 September 2018, 10:19:49

Login met gebruikersnaam, wachtwoord en sessielengte
geregistreerde leden
Totaal aantal leden: 3378
Laatste: FU38
Statistieken
Totaal aantal berichten: 172090
Totaal aantal topics: 14016
Vandaag Online: 266
Ooit Online: 520
(26 Juni 2007, 09:10:02)
Gebruikers Online
Gebruikers: 0
Gasten: 214
Totaal: 214
Artikelen

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines
Black22 / TinyPortal v0.9.8 © Bloc
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Pagina opgebouwd in 0.049 seconden met 25 queries.