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Re: 250 yr old Tortoise Dies
Mike Taylor wrote:
> Not necessarily. According to the _Guinness Book of Animal Facts and
> Feats_, 3rd (and last) edition, 1982:
> The greatest authentic age recorded for a tortoise is
> 152+ years for a male Marion's tortoise (_Geochelone
> sumeirei_) brought from the Seychelles to Mauritius in
> 1766 by the Chevalier de Fresne.
I beleive Harriet now beats this record (she was 151 in 1982, but is
CANBERRA, Australia - Harriet the tortoise, quite possibly the
oldest living animal on Earth, celebrated her 175th birthday on
Tuesday -- with a pink hibiscus flower cake at her retirement home in
Australia Zoo, where Harriet has spent the past 17 years, claims the
Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise was collected by British scientist
Charles Darwin in 1835.
But while DNA evidence shows Harriet hatched on one of the
Galapagos islands, her DNA also shows she came from an island that
Darwin never visited.
There is no doubt, however, over the age of Harriet -- who for more
than a century was thought to be a male and named Harry -- and she
is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living
chelonian, or reptile with a shell of bony plates.
And from http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200511/s1506637.htm
While DNA evidence shows Harriet hatched on one of the Galapagos
175 years ago, her DNA also shows she came from an island that Darwin
Ms Stewart says there could be an explanation for how Harriet came from
Cruz Island but was found on James Island.
"Giant tortoises were a commodity to be traded. The other thing is of
her parents might have been moved from Santa Cruz to James Island and
bred, producing Harriet," she said.
GIS / Archaeologist http://heretichides.soffiles.com
Melbourne, Australia http://www.geocities.com/dannsdinosaurs