New species of Orangutan identified in Indonesia

New species of Orangutan identified in Indonesia

New species of Orangutan identified in Indonesia

Written by Keshala Dias

03 Nov, 2017 | 7:14 pm

Scientists who have been puzzling for years over the genetic “peculiarity” of a tiny population of orangutans in Sumatra have finally concluded that they are a new species to science.

After discovering the dead body of an ape, experts of Cardiff University were able to study its features and DNA to determine which species it belonged to.

To their surprise, they discovered it was entirely new, and named it Pongo Tapanuliensis, or the Tapanuli Orangutan.

It is the first new great ape to be described for almost a century.

The newly identified animal is found only in a single high-elevation forest called Batang Toru.


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