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Galapagos Researchers Find 'extinct' tortoises are still alive

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posted on Jan, 16 2012 @ 08:44 AM
It isn't everyday that you hear that a previously thought to be extinct species has been found to still be alive, so this is a great discovery.

Scientists have located members of a giant Galapagos tortoise species thought to have gone extinct in the 1840s, USA Today reports.

Researchers who tested the DNA of 1,600 tortoises on the Galapagos island of Isabela found at least 84 were offspring of a species that originally lived on Floreana Island.

Poachers were believed to have wiped out the tortoises.

"To have a species that was thought to be extinct in the middle of the 1800s come back is amazing," one researcher told the paper.

I wonder how many other animals there are on earth that are thought to be extinct,
and that look very similar to another animal, are still alive but unidentified.
edit on 16-1-2012 by isyeye because: (no reason given)

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