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Life after death

Credit: AMNH/D. Finnin

When Lonesome George died, the last of the full-blooded Pinta Island tortoises of the Galapagos disappeared. But, if a team of taxidermists is successful, his physical presence will live on. About one year after George’s death in June 2012, his frozen remains are in Wildlife Preservations’ New Jersey studio, where work has begun on a mount that will be displayed at the American Museum of Natural History before returning to the Galapagos. In this image, taxidermists measure George.   Less «
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