Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cryptozoologists Confirm New Cryptid

Reuters: New monkey discovered in Brazilian Amazon.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered a new sub-species of monkey in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest, a U.S.-based wildlife conservation group said on Tuesday.

The newly found monkey was first spotted by scientists in 2007 in the Brazilian state of Amazonas and is related to the saddleback tamarin monkeys, known for their distinctively marked backs, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said.

The small monkey, which is mostly gray and brown and weighs 213 grams (0.47 pound), has been named the Mura's saddleback tamarin after the Mura Indian tribe of the Purus and Madeira river basins where the new sub-species was found.

It is 240 millimeters (9.4 inches) tall with a 320 millimeter (12.6 inch) tail.

"This newly described monkey shows that even today there are major wildlife discoveries to be made," Fabio Rohe, the lead author of a study confirming the new discovery, said in a statement released by the WCS.

The study found that the monkey is threatened by development projects in the region, including a major highway through the forest that is being paved and which could fuel deforestation.

"This discovery should serve as a wake-up call that there is still so much to learn from the world's wild places, yet humans continue to threaten these areas with destruction," Rohe said.


DanielW said...

Technically it's not a cryptid.
A cryptid is something that isn't described by main-stream science, is possible fantastical, that sort of thing.

Mind you, it's blooming interesting though.

Raptor Lewis said...

Quite interesting, OilIsMastery. However, like DanielW said, it's not cryptid. In fact, Cryptozoology isn't a very credible science, in my opinion. Heck, it's not mainstream science.

You can read my reasons here: http://paleoquestfossilhunter.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-cryptozoology-isnt-valid-or.html

OilIsMastery said...

"A cryptid is something that isn't described by main-stream science"

This animal wasn't described by mainstream science until 2007. Even then mainstream scientists didn't believe in it until 2009. Therefore by your definition a cryptid.

Raptor Lewis said...

Hmm...touche. ;)