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Mrudul Godbole
06-02-2012, 04:16 PM
Scientists Discover Rare Monkey Previously Thought Extinct
January 21, 2012

Scientists working deep in the jungle of Indonesia have proven that, sometimes, the best discoveries happen by accident.

Hoping to capture images of orangutans and leopards, the team set up cameras in the Wehea Forest on the eastern tip of Borneo island in June, the Associated Press reported. But upon viewing the photos, the researchers were shocked to see extremely rare Millerís Grizzled Langurs, which until now have never been photographed. Given the lack of preexisting images, the scientists initially struggled to confirm their startling discovery, but soon enough, the answer was clear.

The creature once inhabited northeastern Borneo, along with the islands of Sumatra and Java and the Thai-Malay peninsula, the AP reported. But a 2005 field survey yielded no trace of the rare primate, and after years of damage from fires, agriculture and mining, Millerís Grizzled Langurs were presumed extinct.

Although the primates appear in several thousand of the recent images, the researchers have yet to determine how many individual langurs have actually been discovered. The next step? Sort through the photos, return to the forest, and begin counting monkeys.

Read more: Scientists Accidentally Discover Rare Monkey Previously Thought Extinct | NewsFeed | TIME.com (http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/21/scientists-accidentally-discover-rare-monkey-previously-thought-extinct/#ixzz1lbE7rebQ)

Sabyasachi Patra
12-02-2012, 11:11 AM
Frankly speaking it is amazing that even today a primate species is discovered. It is understandable when a new species of frogs or insects are discovered, However, discovering a primate species is huge. Of course, at times these discoveries, albeit new to the scientific community, doesn't come as a surprise to the locals as they often call it by some local names.