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The Yeti hasn’t been formally recognized. A new gorilla or chimp species hasn’t been found in deepest Africa. A new species of orangutan has not issued from Asia. But the breaking news today that a new species of ape, indeed, that a new species of gibbon has been recognized, is quite remarkable on its own merits. Like orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos, gibbons belong to the apes, man’s closest relative.
German scientists have announced on September 21, 2010, that they had discovered a new rare and endangered ape species in the tropical rainforests between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It has been identified by its distinctive song.
Many species number only around 100 individuals, said Roos. Scientists currently have “absolutely no idea” how many of the new species might be alive, but are conducting further study to determine this, he told AFP.
“Only if we know where which species is found and how many individuals there are can we start with serious conservation actions,” summarized DPZ’s Christian Roos.
News of the discovery was published in the Vietnamese Journal of Primatology.
The distinctive song “serves to defend territory or might even be a precursor of the music humans make,” the statement added.
Originally posted by FoxMulder91
I love when new species are discovered.
Discoveries like this show that cryptids, like the Bigfoot, for example, may exist. (I for one do believe they exist)
I cant wait to see what species we discover next.