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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  • 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 ...
    12/31/1969 - 7:00 pm | View Link
  • Pinta Island (Galapagos) Tortoise Now Extinct with Death of ‘Lonesome George’
    munching through the remaining tortoises’ habitats. With George’s passing, the islands today house just ten tortoise subspecies, most of which are very rare. In fact, George’s subspecies was thought extinct until he was found on Pinta Island in 1971.
    12/31/1969 - 7:00 pm | View Link
  • Last Pinta giant tortoise Lonesome George dies
    Lonesome George was first seen by a Hungarian scientist on the Galapagos island ... with George's death, the Pinta tortoise subspecies has become extinct. They said his body would probably be embalmed to conserve him for future generations. Tortoises ...
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  • RIP Lonesome George
    Lonesome George’s longtime caretaker ... hole” on Santa Cruz Island, the statement said. Lonesome George was discovered on Pinta Island in 1972 at a time when tortoises of his type were already believed to be extinct. Since then, the animal had ...
    12/31/1969 - 7:00 pm | View Link
  • George's death brings extinction to Pinta Island tortoise
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