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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Passenger Pigeon’s Everlasting Mark – America’s Most Infamous Extinction The passenger pigeon’s human-caused extinction 100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. A Bat on the Brink The USFWS needs to to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered to give it the federal protection it deserves. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Still Time to Submit Comments In Opposition To Harmful Mexican Wolf Rule; Discussion over Montana’s Wolf Conservation Stamp Heats Up; Our View: What is a Coywolf?