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How The Turtle Got Its Shell

The ribs of a 240 million-year-old fossil hold clues to how the first turtle shell evolved. And its skull shape seems closer to that of lizards and snakes than to an ancestor of dinosaurs and birds.

Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?

Scientists are trying to predict what might happen if genetically modified salmon escaped growth facilities. It's a scenario often raised by critics who don't want the FDA to approve sale of the fish.

Remembering Lonesome George, Another Famous Galapagos Tortoise

Encore performance of a song by NPR's Adam Cole about Lonesome George, celebrity tortoise. This story originally aired Jan. 11, 2015 on All Things Considered.

150-Year-Old Galapagos Tortoise Dies At San Diego Zoo

Speed, a 150-year-old Galapagos tortoise, has died at the San Diego Zoo. Tommy Owens, lead keeper at the zoo's reptile department, says Speed helped preserve his species and gave generations contact with a rare animal.

'Speed,' Galápagos Tortoise Who Came To San Diego In 1933, Dies At 150

The giant reptile was taken from Isabela Island in Ecuador's Galápagos archipelago as part of an early effort to sustain the species, which is native only to the remote Pacific island chain.
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Amid Efforts To Restore Chesapeake Oysters, Watermen Get A Bad Rap

Efforts to restore populations of Chesapeake oysters have been called a "war on watermen," but experts say setting watermen against oyster restoration efforts is a false dichotomy.


Volunteer Rangers Work To Rein In Antler Poachers

The popularity of antlers as rustic décor is threatening deer and elk in the Pacific Northwest. The animals can naturally shed antlers, but some people harass or kill animals to get at prized racks.

Cat Wins 'Hero Dog' Award

Tara body-slammed the neighbors' dog to save her then-4-year-old owner. When a Los Angeles shelter prepared to present its annual trophy, no dog's heroics could match the cat's.

Ivory Crushed In Times Square To Raise Awareness Of Wildlife Trafficking

The U.S. government crushed one ton of ivory in New York's Times Square on Friday. The goal is to raise awareness of elephant poaching and the wildlife trafficking crisis.

Hunting Ways To Keep Synthetic Estrogens Out Of Rivers And Seas

Hormones from medical treatments wind up in wastewater, and that can be a problem. Some scientists think a version of a household chemical, hydrogen peroxide, could be part of the solution.