‘Extinct’ Species Of Galápagos Tortoise Found Alive

Great news came for conservationists after a species of Galápagos tortoise that was believed to be extinct was discovered alive on Fernandina Island.

The last of these tortoises was spotted over 100 years ago, back in 1906. Scientists believed the tortoise had gone extinct and another sighting of one hadn’t been made since.

That is, until 2019 when a female tortoise that looked like the extinct species was discovered.

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BBC reported that samples from the tortoise were collected and sent into Yale University to determine if the female tortoise was actually from the species of Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as Fernandina giant tortoise.

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Once the results were in, it was confirmed a match!

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The female was estimated to be between 80-100 years of, according to Guardian News.

With one confirmed specimen alive, scientists are now working to look for other specimens left in the wild on Fernandina Island.

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So far, they’ve discovered footprints and feces among other signs of life, and they’re hopeful that there are more of the tortoises left.

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