By Sam Blanchard For Mailonline
Published: 09:00 BST, 9 September 2019 | Updated: 18:51 BST, 9 September 2019
Scientists have found the fossil of a sea turtle which appears to have suffered the grim fate of being trodden on by a huge dinosaur.
The stony remains of the creature were found in the Jura Mountains along the French-Swiss border.
Meeting its untimely demise some 150million years ago, the creature is thought to have been crushed by a sauropod – a long-necked herbivore such as a diplodocus.
Palaeontologists disagree on how the turtle came to get there, but found its flattened shell had been squashed into the ground before it became fossilised.
A reconstruction shows how the turtle's shell may have been flattened beneath the sauropod's giant foot – the long-necked plant-eating dinosaurs were among the largest land animals ever
Palaeontologists found around 100 fossilised turtle shells in their dig in the Jura Mountains between Switzerland and France but said this was the only one found in such circumstances
'The evidence [that the turtle was stepped on] is pretty clear,' Dr Daniel Marty, a palaeontologists at the Natural History Museum in Basel, told the New York Times.
'It’s kind of a funny thing, and it also shows that these two animals were in the same paleoenvironment. It’s a real time-crossroad.'
The ill-fated encounter is thought to have taken place during the Jurassic Period, which was named after the Jura Mountains where it took place.
Scientists suggest the prehistoric creatures may have met while the turtles were crossing tidal flats, also known as mud