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Fossilized Koopa Discovered In Pacific

Meiolania damelipi Say hello to Meiolania damelipi, a species of turtle that has been extinct for about 3,000 years.  Does it look familiar to you?  As if you'd seen it somewhere before?  Geekosystem explains it far better than I ever could:

M. damelipi bones were found during an archeological dig in the ancient village site of a seafaring Pacific island culture.  From Wired:

The bottom layer of the garbage pile, dated to 3,000 years ago, had many meiolaniid bones. The top layer, dated to 2,800 years ago, had none.

Truly, it is a sobering reminder of the affect that the human race has had on the planet even before we developed nuclear bombs, plastic, and carbon-based – Oh who are we kidding…

Do meiolaniids look like Bowser, or do they look like Bowser?

Yes, there's a striking resemblance to Nintendo's famous Bowser, King of the Koopas.  Moreover, there's a striking resemblance to Bowser's bleached bones variation, Dry Bowser, from New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart Wii, and Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games.  That fossil just plain looks mean.  It's a perfect facial likeness.  I feel the innate need to knock it off a bridge into a lava pit just looking at it.

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