Explorer and friend of David Attenborough claims to have discovered a new species of animal that is a & # 39; marsupial & # 39; Is, which contributes to a collection of more than 100 that he has discovered
- Professor Kristofer Helgen has already discovered 100 different species
- The scientific name of his new discovery will be announced in the coming weeks
- It is & # 39; very unique & # 39; and the & # 39; first time the world is going to discover the animal
- This discovery is another addition to uncovering parts of the tree of life, something that has driven Helgen into his work
One of & # 39; s leading zoologists in the world has revealed that he is about to reveal his latest discovery of animals, a sort of marsupial.
The find, by professor Kristofer Helgen, a good friend of David Attenborough, will contribute to the 100 that he has already discovered during expeditions around the world.
Professor Helgen described the creature as a & # 39; type of marsupial & # 39; But that the scientific name will be announced in the coming weeks.
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One of & # 39; s leading zoologists in the world has revealed that he is about to reveal his latest discovery of animals to add the 100 he has already discovered during expeditions to remote corners of the world. Here, the Olinguito
Professor Helgen said: & # 39; It's very unique and this is the first time the world finds out.
& # 39; This discovery is another addition to uncovering parts of the tree of life, something that has driven me into my work. & # 39;
Professor Helgen is currently professor of biological sciences and deputy director of applied natural sciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia and is considered one of the leading authorities in the field of mammals.
He has discovered 100 previously overlooked species of live mammals, including the Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon from South China and Myanmar.
He also discovered the Greater Monkey Bat of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, but said the Olinguito stood out as his & # 39; favorite & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It has big eyes is a relative of the raccoon and is a very beautiful animal. My work is a bit like being a detective. I follow directions or trade based on information to find this unknown species, & he said.
Professor Helgen revealed that his next expedition, which starts later this year, is to a remote archipelago off the coast of Fiji to try to find a rare bat.
Professor Kristofer Helgen, a good friend of David Attenborough, said the creature & # 39; a kind of marsupial & # 39; Is that the scientific name will be announced in the coming weeks
The Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon was one of the newly discovered species in the Greater Mekong in Asia, documented by Professor Helgen in 2017. After a decade of work, it is now listed as one of the top 25 most endangered primates on the planet.
He said his most favorite expedition was to the Foja Mountains in Papua New Guinea, where human inhabitants had never lived before and animal life & # 39; incredibly friendly & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; I spent a few weeks in a jungle camp and discovered a kind of tree kangaroo. It was an incredible experience, & he said.
Last year, Helgen attended David Attenborough's 90th birthday and described him as a & # 39; source of inspiration & # 39 ;.
Helgen said: & I cannot think of anyone who has done more than he to communicate the richness and variety of life.
He is a trusted voice for the natural world and it is an honor for me to see him this way. & # 39;
Helgen currently leads tailor-made tours for TCS World Travel, which wants to provide travelers with his expertise and insight into the natural world.
He said: & # 39; It's an educational experience for travelers and they get an idea of the kind of work that I do.
& # 39; We provide them with a reading list and lectures so that they can learn from my expertise. It is an exciting opportunity to taste what one of my expeditions looks like. & # 39;
WHAT IS THE OLINGUITO?
It was found in Colombia in 2013 and described as half cat, half teddy bear.
The bassaricyon neblina is the first new carnivore discovered in the western hemisphere in 35 years.
Researchers said that despite the feline and bear-like appearance of the animal, the olinguito is actually a member of the Procyonidae family, along with raccoons, nose bears, kinkajous and olingos.
Researchers say the olinguito looks like a cross between a domestic cat and a teddy bear, but the furry animals are actually a member of the Procyonidae family, along with raccoons, nose bears, kinkajous and olingos
With a weight of 2 pounds and with a woolly orange-brown fur, it lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, but for more than a century it was mistaken for a larger second cousin, the olingo.
An examination of the skull, teeth and skin of museum specimens has now confirmed that it is a different species – the first New World carnivore identified in 35 years.
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