A species of giant tortoise thought to have been extinct for 150 years could still be alive.
The tortoises were thought to have been hunted to extinction, in particular by whalers who would visit the Galapagos to re-stock. A team from Yale University however has discovered hybrid tortoises that appear to be the offspring of one of the 'extinct' Chelonoidis elephantopus tortoises along with another species of tortoise, a find that suggests that some of them must still be alive somewhere.
A giant Galapagos tortoise believed extinct for 150 years probably still exists, say scientists. Chelonoidis elephantopus lived on the island of Floreana, and was heavily hunted, especially by whalers who visited the Galapagos to re-stock.
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