Extinct Galapagos Tortoise Rediscovered

The tortoise, last seen 150 years ago, can reach almost 6 feet and 900 pounds:

[Researchers] found that 84 of the tortoises had genetic indicators that one of their parents was a C. elephantopus, 30 of which were less than 15 years of age. Given the 100-year lifespan of the tortoises the researchers say there is a good chance that their C. elephantopus parent would still be alive.

“To our knowledge, this is the first report of the rediscovery of a species by way of tracking the genetic footprints left in the genomes of its hybrid offspring,” said study researcher Ryan Garrick [of] University of Mississippi.

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