The Secrets of Lonesome George

The Secrets of Lonesome George
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Lonesome George, the last member of Chelonoidis abingdonii, a species of giant tortoise endemic to the tiny island of Pinta in the Galapagos Islands, did not die in vain. Researchers this week present his genome in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution (V. Quesada et al. Nature Ecol. Evol.; 2018), along with the genome of George's distant but still-extant cousin, the Aldabra giant tortoise Aldabrachelys gigantea.

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