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By Henry Nicholls

Lonesome George is a 5ft lengthy, 200lb tortoise elderly among 60 and two hundred. In 1971 he used to be came upon at the distant Galapagos island of Pinta, from which tortoises had supposedly been exterminated by way of grasping whalers and seal hunters. He has been on the Charles Darwin study Station on Santa Cruz island ever considering, at the off-chance that clinical ingenuity will conjure up a manner of reproducing him and resurrecting his species. in the meantime 1000000 travelers and dozens of baffled scientists have appeared on because the megastar reptile exhibits no longer a jot of curiosity within the woman corporation supplied. this present day, Lonesome George has come to include the secret, complexity and fragility of the original Galapagos archipelago. His tale echoes the demanding situations of conservation all over the world; it's a tale of Darwin, sexual disorder, experience at the excessive seas, cloning, DNA fingerprinting and eco-tourism.

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