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Posted 23 November 2012 - 23:25

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tortoise of his species after all.

Researchers say they may be able to resurrect the Pinta Island subspecies by launching a cross-breeding program with 17 other tortoises found to contain genetic material similar to that of Lonesome George, who died June 24 at the Pacific Ocean archipelago off Ecuador's coast after repeated failed efforts to reproduce.

Edwin Naula, director of the Galapagos National Park, said in a telephone interview on Thursday that the probability is high it can be accomplished.

"It would be the first time that a species was recovered after having been declared extinct," Naula said.

But it won't happen overnight.

"This is going to take about 100 to 150 years," Naula added.

Scientists took DNA samples from 1,600 tortoises on Wolf volcano, and found the Pinta variety in 17, though their overall genetic makeup varied.

Through cross-breeding, "100 percent pure species" can be achieved, said Naula, a biologist.

He said the 17 tortoises were being transferred from Isabela island, where the volcano is located, to the park's breeding center at Santa Cruz, the main island on the archipelago whose unique flora and fauna helped inspire Charles Darwin's work on evolution. The results are to be published in the journal Biological Conservation, the park said.

The study on Wolf volcano was conducted by Yale University and the Galapagos park with financial help from the Galapagos Conservancy.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 23:36

Through cross-breeding, "100 percent pure species" can be achieved, said Naula, a biologist.


HITLER!

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That's all I have to say about that.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 23:46

hmmm .. that is not DNA manipulation ...

get some DNA and re-create the species ... wtf is this kids play in a sand where a dog ****ed blue? ... bring back the mammoth I want a burger ... F.. the turtle

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 23:49

do do, do do, do do do, do do, do... do... (que T-rex) RAWWWRRR.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 23:51

150 years ??? Hell in 150 years, we'll have time travel, and we can just go back into the Past, and pick up a few turtles off the beach. :p

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 00:04

150 years ??? Hell in 150 years, we'll have time travel, and we can just go back into the Past, and pick up a few turtles off the beach. :p


Maybe that's why they went extinct... time travelers abducted them and brought them to 22nd century zoos.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:26

Anything could happen in 150 years, including the end of the human race.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:29

umm.... there could be like, new diseases and crap or we might have something that could kill em or somethin.....

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:29

I vote bring back the dodo, then watch them go extinct again,
(I'm baseing my facts on Ice Age, the movie :p )

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:31

^ I saw bring back the T-Rex and let the scientists live long enough to regret their decision.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:00

Maybe that's why they went extinct... time travelers abducted them and brought them to 22nd century zoos.


you....you just blew my mind sir....

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 00:01

Anything could happen in 150 years, including the end of the human race.


Always the optimist. :laugh:

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 00:11

Anything could happen in 150 years, including the end of the human race.


We already know the human race will be destroyed by the end of december.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 00:16

Wanna know how i GOT A FREE IPOD? :) hehe

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 00:30

Wanna know how i GOT A FREE IPOD? :) hehe


Did i miss a joke here ?