Friday’s Featured Organism: Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni

Lonesome George

"In my days, lady tortoises were much hotter than now..."

Most people who are interested in natural history probably have already heard of Lonesome George. Short version: as Darwin himself had noticed during his fateful journey around the world, each of the Galapagos islands had a different variety of Giant Tortoise, a wonderful example of speciation. Lonesome George , a roughly 100 years old male, is the last specimen of the Pinta island variety, Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni. Many attempts at making him reproduce with females of similar species and varieties have been made, but none has been successfull so far, and Ol’ George might one day die without leaving sons, and thus has become a sort of symbol of extremely endangered species.

Since we’re talking about tortoises, which are typically slowly moving animals, here’s an announcement: my blogging, which recently has slowed down in pace a little bit, will slow down even more for the month of december, because of University. So, if you’re one of the few people who read this, expect probably just the Friday’s Featured Organism updates, until Christmas at least. See ya soon.


One comment on “Friday’s Featured Organism: Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni

  1. […] in the next days, but today I bring you one sad piece of news: Lonesome George is dead. Remember him? He was the last of his subspecies. Now, i’m not usually the one to think that every single […]

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