A GIANT tortoise — thought to have been extinct for a century — has been found again.
The Chelonoidis phantasticus was rediscovered on one of the Galápagos Islands — famed for inspiring Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
A female was identified on Fernandina two years ago and now US experts have confirmed the discovery with genetic tests.
The Yale University team matched its DNA to that of a specimen recorded in 1906.
Ecuador, which owns the Pacific islands, also confirmed the news.
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Environment minister Gustavo Manrique said: “It was believed extinct.
“But we have reconfirmed its existence.”
Footprints and faeces suggest there are other Chelonoidis phantasticus among the 60,000 giant tortoises living on the Galápagos Islands.