2015-10-21. New Species of Galápagos Tortoise Is Identified.

posted Oct 27, 2015, 8:17 AM by Alan Gould
By Pam Belluck, The New York Times. For GSS Population Growth chapter 3. Excerpt: For the first time in more than a century, scientists have identified a new species of Galápagos tortoise, the grand giants of the Pacific archipelago that helped inspire Darwin’s theory of evolution. ...“Now the genetics has put some real evidence that says the simple explanations don’t hold, that some of the islands have tortoises that arrived at different times from different islands,” said Oliver Ryder, director of genetics at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, who was not involved in the new discovery. “The recognition of this separate evolutionary history I think will be very important.”...  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/science/new-species-of-galapagos-tortoise-is-identified.html 0