The truth about giant tortoises

The truth about giant tortoises

Giant tortoises are a recent evolutionary innovation and used to be everywhere, not just on islands. It’s impossible to age them accurately unless you know when they hatched. They are actually pretty slow. The reason why the tortoises Darwin saw in Galapagos moved so fast was probably because he was chasing them and they were running away.

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