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Research Article

DNA from the Past Informs Ex Situ Conservation for the Future: An “Extinct” Species of Galápagos Tortoise Identified in Captivity

  • Michael A. Russello mail,

    michael.russello@ubc.ca

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Nikos Poulakakis,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete, Irakleio, Crete, Greece

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  • James P. Gibbs,

    Affiliation: College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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  • Washington Tapia,

    Affiliation: Galápagos National Park Service, Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador

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  • Edgar Benavides,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Jeffrey R. Powell,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Adalgisa Caccone

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Published: January 13, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008683

About the Authors

Michael A. Russello
Department of Biology, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Nikos Poulakakis
Department of Biology and Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete, Irakleio, Crete, Greece
James P. Gibbs
College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Washington Tapia
Galápagos National Park Service, Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador
Edgar Benavides, Jeffrey R. Powell, Adalgisa Caccone
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: michael.russello@ubc.ca

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MAR AC. Performed the experiments: MAR NP EB. Analyzed the data: MAR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JPG WT JRP AC. Wrote the paper: MAR JPG AC.