Artistic Rendering (IMAGE) Denver Museum of Nature & Science Caption This is an artistic rendering of the early proto turtle <i>Eunotosaurus</i> (foreground) burrowing into the banks of a dried up pond to escape the harsh arid environment present 260 million years ago in South Africa. Meanwhile, a herd of <i>Bradysaurus</i> (background) congregates around the remaining muddy water. Credit Artwork by Andrey Atuchin Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.