New Monkey Species Found in the Amazon

WWF reports that scientists on an expedition in an unexplored part of Brazil have discovered a new species of monkey which is thought to be a previously unknown kind of titi monkey.

Such a discovery seems, to me, very important yet I do not recall much media coverage; a Google news search for UK pages relating to “New monkey species found in the Amazon” returned just two entries, one of which was for the WWF.  We must question our priorities when a new species of primate is discovered but receives little attention.

In September 2010, the WWF published its Amazon Alive! report highlighting that “Between 1999 and 2009, at least 1,200 new species of plants and vertebrates have been discovered… The new species include 637 plants, 257 fish, 216 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 16 birds and 39 mammals.”

Such discoveries should be making people realise there is no sense – or long-term benefit – in destroying ecosystems like the Amazon.  Of course, people have to be told about such discoveries by the media to know they have been made.

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