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The Giant Tortoise Makes a Comeback

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For the last century-and-a-half, a species of Giant tortoise native to the Galapogos Islands was believed to be extinct -- but in light of new DNA findings, scientists are echoing a very tortoise-y mantra: 'not so fast'.

Although the species in question, Chelonoidis elephantopus, may have disappeared from sight 150 years ago, researchers recently found tantalizing genetic clues suggesting that they're not only still around, they are breeding with other Giant tortoises.

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