I occasionally check our map of visitors (very kindly provided gratis by Clustrmap) to see if any new places have tuned in to the Beagle Project. I always keep an eye on the Galápagos Islands, hoping for a click, and today, there it was, red as red! So helloooo there, whoever you are, and welcome to The Beagle Project Blog!
In other Galápagos news, researchers at Yale report that an extinct species of giant tortoise from the island of Floreana (which you might remember from my earlier post, Saving Darwin's muse), might be brought back from the dead.
I'm guessing some of you are probably having visions of Jurassic Park in the Galápagos, but it's not as sexy/scary as that. The methods by which these tortoises can be brought back are tried and true breeding and artificial selection (from which Darwin derived his then new idea of natural selection), though in this case instead of just selecting offspring that look like the extinct tortoise the researchers can use DNA to monitor their progress. This is called marker-assisted selection, and...
Hmm, I think this calls for a new post specifically about the paper. In the meantime, I can recommend the BBC news item.