New orangutan species discovered on Sumatra

World November 2, 2017 17:30

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The new species differs, among other things, from the skeleton and teeth of the other two. The group is the seventh major monkey species worldwide, including the gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos in Africa.

At the same time as the discovery comes the concern about the survival of this human race, one of our closest relatives. A biologist of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program estimates that there are no more than eight hundred tapanuli. In such a small number, the hunt is already a danger to humans.

Biologists thought that there was only one type of orangutan. Only in 1996 a second species was discovered. One species lives on Sumatra, the other on Borneo. The animals, with their distinctive red-brown fur, can grow up to 45 years old.

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