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New type of monkey discovered, no such discovery for 83 years!

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posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 04:57 PM
A new entity of monkey have been descoverd in Afica, it belongs to its own primate family, no-one has discoverd such a thing in over 83 years! Although it has charactaristics of a baboon.

Originally the creature, named Rungwecebus kipunji, was thought to be a type of mangabey from the genus Lophocebus.

But more detailed observation and genetic analysis showed that it was more closely related to baboons.

Scientists have now assigned it to a genus of its own - Rungwecebus, after Mount Rungwe in Tanzania where the monkey was first spotted.

Dr William Stanley, from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, is one of the experts who described the creature today in the journal Science.

"This is exciting news because it shows that the age of discovery is by no means over," he said.

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posted on Aug, 26 2006 @ 12:32 PM
It shows we don't know half as much as we claim to about nature and the universe.

That monkey is cool looking. He certainly has a face and tail like a baboon, but seems to have a really sweet expression as opposed to the perpetual scowl of a baboon. Its a shame the only way they could study it was the result of it being captured and killed. If this critter is pretty rare, then they should be more careful.

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