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Giant tortoise found again after it was believed to be extinct for a century


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 giant tortoise — thought to have been extinct for a century — has been found again

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A giant tortoise — thought to have been extinct for a century — has been found againCredit: Reuters

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.

The Chelonoidis phantasticus was rediscovered on one of the Galápagos Islands

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The Chelonoidis phantasticus was rediscovered on one of the Galápagos IslandsCredit: Reuters
The Yale University team matched DNA to that of a specimen recorded in 1906

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The Yale University team matched DNA to that of a specimen recorded in 1906Credit: Real Press
Gustavo Manrique said: 'It was believed extinct. But we have reconfirmed its existence'

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Gustavo Manrique said: ‘It was believed extinct. But we have reconfirmed its existence’Credit: Real Press

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.

Giant tortoise thought to be extinct discovered in Galapagos





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