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The Anatomical Structure of Turtle Armor

By A. O.

The shell contiguous with the skin is in layers and is renewed in a similar fashion as dead human skin.

The shell contiguous with the skin is in layers and is renewed in a similar fashion as dead human skin.

The Anatomical Structure of Turtle Armor

The upper part of a turtle’s armour is called a “carapace” and the underside of it is called the “plastron”. God has created the shell of the turtle as a part of the skeleton. Only some parts such as the head, the feet and the tail are open to make it possible to use these organs. All the other parts except these are covered with tightly locked bone plates from top, bottom and sides. The top of these bone plates are covered with keratin plates. Because this bone armour is a part of the skeleton, a turtle cannot survive out of this shell. The shell and the skeleton grow from bottom to top as a layer.

All turtle species breath with lungs. God has created the lungs of these creatures towards the back and stuck to the shell. Ribs that safeguard the lungs are also under the upper part of this armour. However, aquatic turtles do “cloacal respiration”. (In some creatures; digestion, urinary and reproductive waste are thrown from a single point. This is called cloacal respiration.)

The shell contiguous with the skin is in layers and is renewed in a similar fashion as dead human skin. The heavy armour makes it difficult for turtles to walk fast. However, there are many pearls of wisdom we can see in the shell of this creature.

Undoubtedly, God has created everything in nature with infinite knowledge and ability. Turtles are the work of this knowledge and power of Almighty God. All living beings, humans, animals, insects, plants; God has created all living and nonliving beings. This truth is revealed in the Qur’an as below:

“Then Praise be to God, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth,- Lord and Cherisher of all the Worlds! To Him be glory throughout the heavens and the earth: and He is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom!” (Al-Jathiyyah, 36-37)

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from www.harunyahya.com.

A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

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