A tortoise believed to be extinct 100 years ago in the Galapagos still exists: Ecuador

A tortoise believed to be extinct 100 years ago in the Galapagos still exists: Ecuador

Quito: Ecuador confirmed on Tuesday that a giant tortoise found in 2019 Galapagos Islands is one Cast agreed extinct a century ago.
Preparing the Galapagos National Park campaign To discover more giant tortoises in an effort to save the species.
The turtle was found two years ago during a joint expedition between the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Conservancy on Fernandina Island, the smallest and oldest in the archipelago.
scientists of Yale University It was then identified as the species Chelonoidis fantasticus, thought to be extinct more than a century ago.
“Yale University unveils the results of a genetic study and related DNA comparisons that were done with a sample extracted in 1906,” Galapagos Park said in a statement.
in the Galapagos Islands, which served as the base for the British scientific Charles DarwinAccording to the theory of species evolution in the 19th century, several varieties of tortoise live together with flamingos, boobies, albatrosses and cormorants, a family of species of aquatic birds.
It also has a large amount of flora and fauna in danger of extinction.
“It was considered extinct 100 years ago! We have confirmed its existence,” Environment Minister Gustavo Manrique wrote on his Twitter account.
According to data from the Galapagos National Park, the current population of giant tortoises of various species is estimated at 60,000.
One was known as “Lonesome George”, a male pinta island tortoise, the last known of the species, who died in 2012 leaving no offspring.

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