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Scientists Reveal What Ancient Relative of Humans Looked Like

What do you, me and every other person on Earth have in common? I won't make you guess, because we all have a lot more in common than we think we do. No matter how different we might seem from each other, we're all part of the same species: homo sapiens. And that means that we all have ancestors in common. We know what Neanderthals look like, but it's a different story for their recently discovered cousin, the Denisovans. Some scientists have just made a pretty good guess about what the Denisovans looked like. 

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He is over 100 years old, weighs about 175 pounds, is nearly 35 inches long, five feet tall, and the ladies love him. His name is Diego. Diego the Chelonoidis hoodensis Galapagos giant tortoise.



According to Washington Tapia, a tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park, Diego "has fathered an estimated 800 offspring, almost single-handedly rebuilding the species' population--and saving it from extinction--on their native island, Espanola, the southernmost in the Galapagos Archipelago."

"Around 50 years ago, there were only two males and 12 females of Diego's species alive on Espanola, and they were too spread out to reproduce."

Six years ago, they did a genetic study and discovered that Diego was the father of nearly 40 percent of the offspring released into the wild on Espanola, thereby doing more parenting than any other turtle to repopulate the species.





"He's a very sexually active male reproducer. He's contributed enormously to repopulating the island," said Tapia.




"Rawr, damn straight," replied Diego.