For the First Time in 35 Years, A New Carnivorous Mammal Species is Discovered in the American Continents
Native to the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, the olinguito is the newest member of the raccoon family
For all of modern history, a small, carnivorous South American mammal in the raccoon family has evaded the scientific community. Untold thousands of these red, furry creatures scampered through the trees of the Andean cloud forests, but they did so at night, hidden by dense fog. Nearly two dozen preserved samples—mostly skulls or furs— were mislabeled in museum collections across the United States. There’s even evidence that one individual lived in several American zoos during the 1960s—its keepers were mystified as to why it refused to breed with its peers.
Now, the discovery of the olinguito has solved the mystery. At an announcement today in Washington, D.C., Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, presented anatomical and DNA evidence that establish the olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe) as a living species distinct from other known olingos, carnivorous tree-dwelling mammals native to Central and South America. His team’s work, also published today in the journal ZooKeys, represents the first discovery of a new carnivorous mammal species in the American continents in more than three decades. (Read more)
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Zoologists study the great animal kingdom – all things that crawl, walk, swim or fly. With a deep understanding of animal biology, behavior and habitat, they puzzle about the mysteries of evolution.
Getting ready for our Halloween Workshop! Each of us at DIY HQ made masks to wear tonight.
If you’re in SF, come by. We’re going to have an open flame for making s’mores, and everything you need to make your own headlamp.
8 New Masks on DIY
Makers, meet Crow, Ant, Cardinal, Ladybug, Otter, Falcon, Ferret, and Lizard – our newest Masks.
Illustrations by Mike Bertino and me.
I’m switching over to Ant.