giant tortoise found on galapagos islands: extinct giant tortoise found on galapagos islands
A good news has come from the Galápagos Islands, home to the largest turtles in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean. Here a team of scientists have discovered a species of the great sea turtle that went extinct about 115 years ago. This adult female turtle was discovered in 2019, although scientists have been studying the species since then.
Fernandina Giant Tortoise Confirmed
Now scientists have said that genetic analysis has revealed that it is the female Fernandina Giant Tortoise (Chalonoidis phantasticus). Since then, scientists active in the field of environment have expressed happiness. The archipelago is currently occupied by the Latin American country of Ecuador. After this news, Ecuador’s Environment Minister Gustavo Manrique confirmed this news on Twitter and wrote: ‘Hope is still alive!’
How did this species become extinct?
This species of turtle hunted heavily for meat by Europeans and other colonists traveling to the Galápagos Islands. Many species of turtles found in this archipelago came under the grip of their indiscriminate hunting. However, the Chalonoidis phantasticus turtles found on Fernandina Island went extinct. Turtle of this species was last seen in 1906.
How did this female tortoise become extinct
Indeed, in 2019 a team of scientists arrived at Fernandina Island in the Galápagos Islands in the western Ecuador region. It was on this island that they found this female tortoise. To prove the link to the extinct species, scientists at Yale University took samples from a female to compare the remains of a male of the species Chalonoidis phantasticus.
Ecuador’s minister said – Hope remains!
Ecuador’s Environment Minister Gustavo Manrique said that it was believed that it had gone extinct more than 100 years ago! We have confirmed its existence. The turtle of the species Chalonoidis phantasticus was found in the Galápagos. Hope is intact! ‘ During the 2019 expedition, researchers from the Galápagos National Park and the US NGO Galápagos Conservancy traced three miles of hardened lava flows to locate many remains of turtles.
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