Thursday, September 13, 2012

New monkey discovered seems like a pleasant chap

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) -- Scientists are claiming they have discovered a new species of monkey living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo -- an animal well-known to local hunters but until now, unknown to the outside world.

In a paper published Wednesday in the open-access journal Plos One, the scientists describe the new species that they call Cercopithecus Lomamiensis, known locally as the Lesula, whose home is deep in central DR Congo's Lomami forest basin. The scientists say it is only the second discovery of a monkey species in 28 years.

In an age where so much of the earth's surface has been photographed, digitized, and placed on a searchable map on the web discoveries like this one by a group of American scientists this seem a throwback to another time.

Full article and more pictures here


Octopunk said...

That face! It looks photoshopped.

I'm a little "meh" at the comment about how discovering monkeys is weird in the age of Google Earth. Because, like, they're satellites in outer space, not monkey trackers.

Although when they roll out GoogleMonkey, I'm all over it.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I've been laughing all morning at that picture. He looks so damn compassionate and understanding. He looks like the kind of monkey who would patiently listen to you vent all of your issues without ever judging you.

JPX said...

Johnny, that's hilarious and I couldn't agree more. I think he's be a great therapist - he wouldn't even need to say anything.

DCD said...

Hahaha! That is hilarious, what do we know, maybe he's the Therapist of the Wild. You know, listening to the lion when he just doesn't feel like the king anymore.

Octopunk said...

My god all these comments are hilarious.