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Anthropologists describe third orangutan species [Phys]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Scientists have long recognized six living species of great ape aside from humans : Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on November 2 have now made it seven, based on a collection of evidence showing that an isolated population of orangutans living in Sumatra is actually its own unique species. They’ve named the new species the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis).

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