A previously unknown monkey species has been discovered in the jungles of Colombia, South America.
The small, cat-sized animal – officially named Callicebus caquetensis – is the fourth species of titi monkey now known to live in the South American country’s southern forests.
Scientists found the primate during an expedition in the forests of Caqueta, a region close to the border with Peru and Ecuador, which had been off-limits to scientists because of the risks posed by armed insurgents and drug smugglers. The forests have been a sanctuary for guerrilla groups since the 1970s, the last time a scientific expedition in the area had noted the presence of an unusual species of titi monkey. “This discovery is extremely exciting because we had heard about this animal, but for a long time we could not confirm if it was different from other titis,” said Professor Thomas Defler, a researcher with Conservation International based in Washington DC. “We now know that this is a unique species, and it shows the rich diversity of life that is still be to discovered in the Amazon.”
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