Macaca leucogenys: New Species of Macaque Discovered in Tibet

Macaca leucogenys: New Species of Macaque Discovered in Tibet

A group of scientists led by Dr Peng-fei Fan of the Dali University’s Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research in Yunnan has described a new species of macaque from Modog County, southeastern Tibet, China. The team’s discovery is published online in the American Journal of Primatology. Macaques are medium to large-sized monkeys belonging to the genus […]

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Blue-Bearded Helmetcrest Rediscovered in Colombia, Photographed for First Time

Blue-Bearded Helmetcrest Rediscovered in Colombia, Photographed for First Time

Long thought to be extinct, the blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) – one of the world’s rarest hummingbirds – has been caught on camera for the first time. Discovered in 1880, the blue-bearded helmetcrest is a medium-sized hummingbird endemic to the mountains of the Santa Marta region of northeast Colombia. The bird is about 12 cm […]

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Listen to New Bird Species Discovered in Brazil: Cryptic Treehunter

Listen to New Bird Species Discovered in Brazil: Cryptic Treehunter

Brazilian ornithologists Dr Juan Mazar Barnett and Dr Dante Buzzetti of the Center for Ornithological Studies in São Paulo have discovered a new species of bird that lives in the dense, humid forests of northeastern Brazil. The new species, named the Cryptic treehunter (Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti), is a member of the South American bird family Furnariidae […]

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Bahian Mouse-Colored Tapaculo: New Bird Species Discovered in Brazil

Bahian Mouse-Colored Tapaculo: New Bird Species Discovered in Brazil

An international team of ornithologists led by Dr Marcos Bornschein of the Mater Natura-Instituto de Estudos Ambientais in Curitiba has described an endangered new species of bird from the montane Atlantic Forest of southern Bahia, Brazil. The new species belongs to Scytalopus, a genus of small passerine birds in the family Rhinocryptidae. Its isolated populations […]

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In the shadows of Machu Picchu, scientists find ‘extinct’ cat-sized mammal

In the shadows of Machu Picchu, scientists find ‘extinct’ cat-sized mammal

Below one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a living cat-sized mammal that, until now, was only known from fossils. The Machu Picchu arboreal chinchilla rat (Cuscomys oblativa) was first described from two enigmatic skulls discovered in Incan pottery sculpted 400 years ago. Dug up by […]

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