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In a story similar to the plot of the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, Jose Ivan was found on the atoll having floated 8,000 miles from Mexico

After 15 years' foreplay, tortoise finally mates

Lonesome George, the world's most inveterate bachelor, may finally be about to settle down.

Breakthrough as 12,000-mile loggerhead odyssey is mapped

Marine biologists believe they have solved a long-standing puzzle: what do endangered loggerhead turtles get up to in their early years, after hatching on an Australian beach?

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Family travel: 'Where can we see wild turtle hatchlings?'

Q. Our family would love to see turtle hatchlings in the wild. Do you have any idea of how far and when we would have to travel to be guaranteed to see them? We don't want there to be only "a good chance" of seeing them. L Baxter, via email

Your Questions: Help! I don't know how to look after my tortoise

I have recently taken on a four-year-old tortoise from a friend who didn't want it any more. I'm getting to grips with him but am confused about when or whether he needs to go into hibernation. Help!

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How turtles got their shells... and other evolutionary mysteries solved

The discovery of the earliest known ancestor of turtles has finally explained the riddle of how it developed its armour

Granta 102: The New Nature Writing, ed Jason Cowley

"A writer needs a strong passion to change things," asserts Roger Deakin in his "Notebooks", as he eloquently probes the poignant roots of his own fascination with trees. A sense of urgency pervades these evocative essays, stories and photographs; we must change our appreciation of the delicate environments in which we live, cease damaging and instead preserve and cultivate their beauty – which might first mean improving ourselves.

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Disappearing tortoises: Playing God in the Galapagos

On one of Darwin's pristine islands, the tortoises are dying out. So should we introduce a similar breed, or simply stop meddling?

Rescue appeal as big turtles are washed up on British beaches

Large marine turtles native to warm waters have been stranded around the British Isles in the past six weeks. Conservationists say anyone finding one alive should contact specialist rescuers as the animals can often be nursed back to health.

Gregory Norminton: The eco-activist provides a portentous warning about our treatment of the planet

In his fourth novel, a gripping story of school bullies and victims becomes a metaphor for our vicious assault on the planet

To save turtles in the Seychelles, you'll need a gold credit card

Aoife O'Riordain follows a nature trail strictly for the luxury traveller

Pets' corner: Teenage Mutant Ninja Terrapins

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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