Gigantea vs. Elephantina Isn't a Monster Movie—It's a Slow-Moving War of Words

"In 1812, the giant tortoise of the Indian Ocean atoll of Aldabra was given a scientific Latin name: Testudo gigantea.

Then, for more than two centuries, researchers sparred over what to call the 600-pound creature.

In recent months, the slow-moving debate quickened. Rival biologists published more than 100 pages of lengthy, academic arguments for why the animal should retain the gigantea name or take on another scientific moniker. Elephantina was held out as one possibility; dussumieri another."

Gigantea vs. Elephantina Isn't a Monster Movie—It's a Slow-Moving War of Words

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