Pinta Island Tortoises Go Extinct With Lonesome George's Passing

Lonesome George, the only known Pinta Island tortoise in existence, passed away on June 24 at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists have tried to find George the perfect mate since he was discovered in 1971 in order to preserve his genes in living animals. But since there were no females in his subspecies — Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii — the scientific community tasted several instances of almost-victories that ultimately led to defeat.George was…Read more at Tecca ›

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    Scientists tried and failed to preserve his genes in living animals; now the subspecies is gone forever Lonesome George, the only known Pinta Island tortoise in existence, passed away on June 24 at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos ...
    06/26/2012 - 10:05 pm | View Link
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    06/25/2012 - 10:39 am | View Link
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    06/25/2012 - 4:28 am | View Link
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    06/25/2012 - 3:29 am | View Link
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    The giant tortoise was discovered on Pinta Island in 1972. At the time, scientists believed that these creatures were already extinct ... scheduled trysts with other tortoises yielded no results. “Lonesome George’s legacy will be an increased effort ...
    06/24/2012 - 9:00 pm | View Link
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