Did Galapagos Turtle Lineage Survive Ancient Blast?

About 100,000 years ago the top of Volcano Alcedo in the Galapagos Islands exploded in a violent eruption that smothered the region in pumice and blew away all but one lucky lineage of the giant tortoises that lived there, according to a new study.

“The only lineage that probably survived the eruption was the one that repopulated the region,” said Luciano Beheregaray, a molecular ecologist at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.