Friday, December 10, 2010

New Primate Species from Asia

This past October, a new monkey species was discovered in the jungles of southeast Asia.  The type specimen (first dead one to be examined by a scientist) was then eaten by the hunters who killed it, destroying precious data on an endangered primate.

Perhaps it tastes better than it looks...

Personally, I'm not an advocate of killing any primate.  However, the locals in Myanmar, where the creature was killed, have a strong liking for bush-meat (primate flesh), and this has already driven the population of the species to a dangerously low number (estimated at around 300 individuals).  To me, eating primates seems akin to cannibalism, but who am I to judge?

For more on the species and its discovery, check out this link.  

Myanmar, located in southeast Asia


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