http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/24/458...oise-dies.htmlQUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuadorean officials say that the famed Galapagos giant tortoise Lonesome George has died.
The Galapagos National Park says in a statement that the tortoise estimated to be about 100 years old died Sunday.
He was believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species and had become a symbol of the islands that helped inspire Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution.
I think the nature of the Galapagos is generally towards rapid extinction and rapid evolution, anyway. The island chain makes special-purpose species but the chain itself changes rapidly, expiring the value of whatever species were made there, in the past.
"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell [the bible] teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society." Rep. Paul Broun (R)
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