“Extinct” giant tortoises found in the Galapagos Islands


Chelonoidis phantasticus, or Chelonoidis phantasticus, was believed to be extinct-Getty Images

Chelonoidis phantasticus, or Chelonoidis phantasticus, was believed to be extinct-Getty Images

Giant tortoise Galapagos Islands Scientists have confirmed that it is from the last species found over a century ago.

An elderly female turtle discovered during the 2019 expedition chelonoidis phantasticusAlso known as the Fernandina elephant turtle.

So far, in 1906, the only individual was collected by researchers at the California Academy of Sciences, who were investigating the island’s flora and fauna.

They took the samples back to college, allowing scientists at Yale University to compare them to women 113 years later.

The woman is currently at the Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island, California, but scientists have found prints and dung on Fernandina Island, with no other confirmed sightings, but many live in the wild. I think.

Members of the Galapagos Conservancy bring turtles to California's national parks. --Getty Images

Members of the Galapagos Reserve Transport Turtles to California National Parks-Getty Images

Fernandina Island, the third largest island in the Galapagos Islands, is an active volcanic site that erupts frequently and fears turtle survival.

The Ecuadorian Minister of the Environment celebrated the discovery and tweeted, “It was believed to be extinct more than 100 years ago! Hope is alive.”

Danny Rueda, director of Galapagos National Park, said he would look for more individuals on future expeditions. “This discovery definitely renews our hope for this kind of recovery,” he said.

About 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are full of species not found anywhere else in the world.

Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution after visiting the archipelago on the HMS Beagle in 1835.

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