Lone tortoise ‘not last of kind’

Posted on May 1, 2007 

Lone tortoise ‘not last of kind’

The giant Galapagos tortoise that became a conservation icon when it appeared he was the last of his kind is not so alone after all.

“Lonesome George” was thought to be the only survivor of a tortoise species native to the isle of Pinta.

Now, the journal Current Biology reports the discovery of a hybrid – the offspring from the union of a Pinta tortoise and another island species.

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