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DNA Tests Show Lonesome George May Not Have Been Last of His Species

Discussion in 'Herp Awareness' started by Merlin, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    When the giant tortoise Lonesome George died this summer, conservationists from around the world mourned the extinction his species. However, a genetic analysis by Yale University researchers of tortoises living in a remote area of a Galapagos Island suggests individuals of the same tortoise species may still be alive — perhaps ancestors of tortoises thrown overboard by 19th century sailors.
  2. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    That's great news!
  3. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Hopefully the breeding program is a success for both species!

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