Friday, 5 October 2012

New monkey, marsupial and shrew amongst 8 new mammal species found in Peru

‘One of the largest and most important discovery for decades'
October 2012. As Curiosity searches for evidence of life on Mars, discoveries of new life on our own planet are still being made. Often nowadays they include some new inset species, or some fish; perhaps even a couple of frogs, and very occasionally a new mammal.

Eight new mammal species
A team of scientists from Peru and Mexico, led by Gerardo Ceballos of the Institute of Ecology (IE) of the UNAM (National University of Mexico), and Horacio Zeballos of the Natural History Museum of Arequipa, have made a series of discoveries, including potentially eight new mammal species, that may be one of the most important findings for biodiversity in recent decades in the Peruvian Andes. 


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