Hold on a sec. I gotta get over my excitement.
This is absolutely fucking awesome!
My Introduction to Biological Anthropology teacher at Florida Atlantic University, Professor Kate Detwiler, was part of a team that discovered a new species of monkey in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s scientific name is Cercopithecus lomamiensis, and it’s locally known as the Lesula monkey.
Here’s a pic:
After the fold, I’ll quote the abstract and link to the free paper at PLOS ONE.
Okay, so here’s the abstract:
In June 2007, a previously undescribed monkey known locally as “lesula” was found in the forests of the middle Lomami Basin in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We describe this new species as Cercopithecus lomamiensis sp. nov., and provide data on its distribution, morphology, genetics, ecology and behavior. C. lomamiensis is restricted to the lowland rain forests of central DRC between the middle Lomami and the upper Tshuapa Rivers. Morphological and molecular data confirm that C. lomamiensis is distinct from its nearest congener, C. hamlyni, from which it is separated geographically by both the Congo (Lualaba) and the Lomami Rivers. C. lomamiensis, like C. hamlyni, is semi-terrestrial with a diet containing terrestrial herbaceous vegetation. The discovery of C. lomamiensis highlights the biogeographic significance and importance for conservation of central Congo’s interfluvial TL2 region, defined from the upper Tshuapa River through the Lomami Basin to the Congo (Lualaba) River. The TL2 region has been found to contain a high diversity of anthropoid primates including three forms, in addition to C. lomamiensis, that are endemic to the area. We recommend the common name, lesula, for this new species, as it is the vernacular name used over most of its known range.
I am so excited, both for Professor Detwiler and for science!
I hope you’re excited, too. This is always cool.