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Extinct Giant Tortoise, Not So Fast
Last Post 09 Jan 2012 09:36 PM by David Holbert. 0 Replies.
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David HolbertUser is Offline Senior Member Senior Member Posts:668
09 Jan 2012 09:36 PM

    It is alway exciting to hear of a presumed extinct species being rediscovered.  I remember how much I wanted the ivory-billed woodpecker sighting in Arkansas to be confirmed.  Still  waiting.  An interesting article in WIRED, gives hope again.  A group of researchers believe that they have rediscovered a species of giant tortoise in an unusual way.

    “To our knowledge, this is the first rediscovery of a species by way of tracking the genetic footprints left in the genomes of its hybrid offspring,” wrote researchers led by Yale University biologists Ryan Garrick and Edgar Benavides.

    I think that this article would be a great discussion piece when studying DNA and genomes.  You could also use it when discussing hybrids.
    Dave Holbert
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