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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Turning up the Heat Against Idaho’s Predator Derby; Red Wolf Recovery Program Reviewed; Wolf Champion in Congress Takes On New Leadership Role Chasing eyeshine Every fall on the prairie, black-footed ferret chasers take to the field to study these nocturnal creatures. Small Refuge, Big Impact: Wildlife Conservation on the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge Thanks to continued efforts to restore bison in the American West, a herd of bison can call the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge home.