Video: Last of subspecies, Pinta Island tortoise (Lonesome George) dead at 100
The Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) is an extinct subspecies of Galápagos tortoise native to Ecuador's Pinta Island.
h/t the Guardian for the video below.
Lonesome George, the last member of a species of giant tortoises from La Pinta, one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos, has died aged 100. The Galápagos giant tortoises, which could live for up to 200 years, were among the species that helped Charles Darwin formulate his theory of evolution in the 19th century.
Scientists said they expected George to live another few decades at least, and are planning a necropsy to figure out why he died.
Park officials also said they would consider embalming his body to preserve him for future generations.