Two days ago, I was pitching about my Cavity Monsters story to six publishers in StoryDrive Asia 2017 conference. One of the publishers asked me a question, “Does turtles have teeth?”
That sets me into thinking. Hence, I did some research by googling it.
Based on my research, some prehistoric turtles had teeth but modern turtles have real teeth. But baby turtles are born with a tooth referred to as a “hatchling tooth” or “egg tooth”. Baby turtles use hatchling tooth to break open their eggs. After they are out of the eggshell, they lose this tooth soon. Here are the research links I found at http://animalquestions.org/reptiles/turtles/do-turtles-have-teeth/ , http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=0 , http://www.themalaysiantimes.com.my/do-turtles-have-teeth/, https://cobras.org/8-amazing-turtle-facts/# , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlBhtxF_NyU.
In conclusion, I believe that the pre-historic turtles are still alive somewhere in the remote part of the sea.
Thus pre-historic turtles are found in modern times with their strong intrinsic values.