According to Bryan Milstead
, the answer is a resounding "yes."Milstead heads the Vertebrate Ecology Section at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador.
"I think it's clearly an impressive feat for any vertebrate to live to be this age," he
says, "but for a Galapagos tortoise, this is pretty exciting.
The fact that tortoises have been on the planet for about 100,000,000 years, adds Dr. Milstead
, combined with their astounding longevity, makes them individual scientific treasures that can actually be shared by multiple generations.