Today’s Solutions: March 03, 2024

Conservationists on the Galápagos Islands have discovered 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the Lonesome George. If you can’t recall, Lonesome George was a famous giant tortoise that was over 100 years old and was the last of the Chelonoidis Abingdon species of Pinta island before passing away in 2012. 

But now conservationists are discovering that the lost species of Lonesome George lives on partially in a number of giant tortoises that live on a different island and that were probably brought there by pirates or whalers.

It’s fascinating to see the role that the Galápagos continues to play in our understanding of evolution ever since Charles Darwin arrived there hundreds of years ago. According to the Galapagos Conservancy, an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 wild tortoises live on the islands today, which once held 15 closely related species of tortoise.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

This is your brain on music

Music does something to humans like no other animal. The rhythm gets inside our bodies and we can’t help but move along with the ...

Read More

Recruiting kombucha in the fight for sustainable drinking water

We’ve previously reported about the use of kombucha for a number of innovative reasons. Like stylish compostable shoes, sustainable wood alternatives, and as the ...

Read More

How a group of islanders is using AI to save coral reefs

Coral reefs are some of the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems, providing not only a key habitat for many species of marine life but also ...

Read More

Opting out: 4 alternative movements to redefine Black Friday

Right now, the Black Friday shopping festivities are undoubtedly engulfing our screens and storefronts. It's easy for consumerism to take center stage, but nonetheless, ...

Read More