Thursday, 13 September 2012

Discovery and description of a new monkey species- the Lesula- (Link of the day):

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Link of the day today is to this article about the discovery of a new monkey species in the Democratic Republic of the Congo-

The creature is known locally as the Lesula and-now, scientifically as Cercopithecus lomamiensis and has a striking "owl-shaped" face. Its closest relative is Hamlyn's monkey, Cercopithecus hamlyni: a rare species which also has an owl-shaped face ,but sports different colouring from the Lesula. The original scientific article about the Lesula is by John A Hart and colleagues and was published online yesterday in the scientific journal PLoS ONE.