Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island Tortoises, died on Sunday. He left no survivors that are known.
His death marks the extinction of Chelonidis nigra abingdoni.
Well this sucks.
A lot of people on the news sites are asking “Why not clone him from his DNA?” I’m sure it’s just a tad bit more complicated than that, though it is an interesting question, if they can save his DNA for producing other Pinta Island tortoises later.
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