The first new mammal species discovered in 35 years in America

The first new mammal species discovered in 35 years in America

The forests of Ecuador and Colombia, US scientists from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington have discovered a new species of mammals. Animal olingito called, and its dimensions are comparable to the size of a raccoon.

Note that this is the first discovery of a new type of carnivore in the last 35 years in the Western Hemisphere.

Length olingito (Bassaricyon neblina) is about 35 centimeters, and it belongs to the family coon.

Note that although it is a carnivorous animal, the foundation of his power up fruit. Olingito is nocturnal and lives alone. animal female bears only one calf at a time.

The first new mammal species discovered in 35 years in America

In order to highlight the animal as a distinct species, scientists took more than 10 years. The researchers' work began after Christopher Helgen, zoologist, found the skin and bones of the animal in the museum's storage facility in Chicago. Skin was bright red, and after looking for skulls zoologist could not learn their anatomy, because they differed from all these animals, which he has seen before. A comparison of the DNA samples from the five already known species of this family has confirmed the correctness of opening Helge.

According to scientists, from 1967 to 1976 olingito he lived in some zoos, but their workers mistook him for a close relative - Olinga. At the same time employees of zoos could not understand why these animals do not breed.