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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    12/15/2015 - 9:08 am | View Link
  • Scientists Hope to Bring a Galápagos Tortoise Species Back to Life
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    12/13/2015 - 10:09 pm | View Link
  • The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction
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    09/15/2014 - 11:12 pm | View Link
  • How Taxidermy Keeps Extinct Animals Around
    The missing dodo Dante has restored specimens of other extinct ... Pinta Island tortoises are one of many species of Galapagos giant tortoises, said Raxworthy, who supports designating them a full species. But genetics has added a twist to Lonesome George ...
    07/13/2013 - 4:13 pm | View Link
  • Not so Lonesome (George) after all: Scientists believe they can resurrect extinct species of famous tortoise by cross-breeding
    But after dying earlier this year, researchers believe they may be able to resurrect George's Pinta Island ... tortoises with similar genes. If successful, the experiment would be the first time a species has been recovered having been declared extinct.
    11/22/2012 - 4:40 pm | View Link
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  • 5 Recently Extinct Animal Species
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    06/27/2016 - 5:05 am | View Website
  • Pinta Island tortoise
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    06/27/2016 - 1:01 am | View Website
  • Project Pinta: Phases I, II, and III | Galapagos Conservancy
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    06/25/2016 - 8:06 am | View Website
  • The World Loses Lonesome George | Galapagos Conservancy
    Early this morning, Lonesome George, the sole remaining Pinta Island tortoise and Galapagos conservation icon, was found dead in his corral at the Tortoise Breeding ...
    06/24/2016 - 5:40 pm | View Website
  • Lonesome George
    Lonesome George (c. 1910 – June 24, 2012) was a male Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii) and the last known individual of the subspecies.
    06/23/2016 - 5:52 am | View Website
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