May 2007

The world’s last surviving member of a particular Galapagos tortoise species – “Lonely George” – turns out to be not so alone, as an interspecific hybrid has been found on a nearby island, as reported in Current Biology and summarised by the BBC. However, apart from the likelihood that this individual will be sterile (most interspecific hybrids are – why?), there’s a bigger problem for saving George’s species – the hybrid is also a male.


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