10 January 2012 Tortoise Species Thought Extinct for 150 Years Has Been Rediscovered Posted by: Brian Bovard | 2 comments | Share: We here at Defenders of Wildlife are constantly working to prevent the extinction of species because once something is gone, it can never come back. However sometimes something wonderful happens and an animal you thought was gone forever suddenly turns up. That’s exactly what has happened on the northern shore of Isabela Island in the Galapagos archipelago, according to an MSNBC story that appeared today. As it turns out, the tortoise wasn’t extinct after all—it had just moved. Even more interesting is that despite not yet having actually seen one, scientists know that it must exist because they have found its DNA in the genomes of a hybrid offspring they have discovered on the island. This marks the first time that a species has been rediscovered by tracing its genetic material through its offspring. Very cool! So we here at Defenders would like to say “Welcome back!” 2 Responses to “Tortoise Species Thought Extinct for 150 Years Has Been Rediscovered” P E Hawley January 10th, 2012 Now … if only the hybrid offspring is not 150 years old, being the descendant of the late, last Lonesome George or one of his late immediate sibs. Reply Kris Tohm July 7th, 2012 I’m glad George might have some decendants. Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Washington Wildlife Officials Issue Kill Order for Huckleberry Wolf Pack; Illinois Adds Wolves as a Protected Species; Keeping our Sights on OR-7; Yawning is contagious – even in wolves! Courage for Conservation Thanks to the efforts of the Tribes of Fort Peck, bison have been returned to their historic home in the Great Plains. The Passenger Pigeon’s Everlasting Mark – America’s Most Infamous Extinction The passenger pigeon’s human-caused extinction 100 years ago is a haunting reminder of how important the ESA is for endangered species.