After all, the Galapagos tortoise is not extinct

At tGalapagos tortoise (Cellonitis Nikra) It was considered extinct in the last 100 years because the last specimen of this species was found in 1906. However, in 2019 biologists found a model in Group I.lha Fernandina confirms the continuity of its existence in the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands.

On a trip to the island, a team of Princeton University scientists discovered the female giant tortoise, but did not know what species it was, because its shell was different from the male tortoise found a century ago. After analyzing and comparing their DNA, the team confirmed that they had identical genes. It was named Fernanda because of the place where it was discovered, and it is estimated to be over 50 years old – and it may have reached 200 years.

“We were able to show a connection between Fernanda and the other tortoise Fernandina [encontrada na mesma ilha] Also look at the difference between these two turtles and the species we see on other islands.One of the authors of Stephen J. Says Kaukran StudyNow published in the scientific journal Nature. “We hope there are still some turtles on this island. But probably not many copies.”

The turtle is currently being monitored at the Turtle Center in Galapagos National Park.

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