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"Tortoise Genes and Island Beings" (SN: 11/10/07, p. 298) refers to Lonesome George, the Galapagos tortoise, as "misanthropic"--meaning a hater of people. He certainly has good reason to dislike humans, but I wonder how the investigators could tell. Or did you mean that George doesn't like other tortoises, and is therefore antisocial?

ROMAN KOZAK, OMAHA, NEB.

Lonesome George's lack of gregariousness extends across species: He has shown next to no interest in other tortoises, and retreats to the far reaches of his enclosure when tourists" and other strangers come to gawk.--B. NELSON
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Kozak, Roman
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 15, 2007
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