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Unusual Discovery of New African Monkey Species

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the new-primate-on-the-block dept.

Science 71

rhettb writes "In a remote and largely unexplored rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, researchers have made an astounding discovery: a new monkey species. The new primate, which is name the lesula and described in a paper in the journal PLoS ONE, was first noticed by scientist and explorer John Hart in 2007. The discovery of a new primate species is rare nowadays. In fact, the lesula is only the second newly discovered monkey in Africa in the past 28 years."

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new species (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331661)

and it has a neckbeard...

Re:new species (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331821)

Oh great, a new breed of monkey. Just what the world needed. I sure am glad that we solved all those other problems so we can care about this.

Re:new species (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331843)

Don't plagiarizer my post you racist fuck. If you do, you could at least have the decency to be more than a bottom of the fucking barrel troll.

Re:new species (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331845)

And you replied to the wrong comment! What a dumb ass! I bet you have some nigger in you, doncha, boy?

Re:new species (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331847)

Fuck you.

Re:new species (5, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332475)

Oh great, a new breed of monkey. Just what the world needed. I sure am glad that we solved all those other problems so we can care about this.

What are you complaining about? It's one more thing for you to have sex with.

Re:new species (1)

rleap (2689033) | about a year and a half ago | (#41335157)

Technically he could have had sex with it before the discovery, however he just didn't know about. Knowledge is power!

Re:new species (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331833)

Oh great, a new breed of nigger. Just what the world needed. I sure am glad that we solved all those other problems so let them make some new ones.

Re:new species (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332181)

im assuming that you probably have positive karma, but just like being racist safe behind your anonymous status

Re:new species (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41335053)

No, I'm not racist at all. My girlfriend is black. I just like to troll dumbfucks like you.

Black men can't be trusted, though. Family get-togethers are unnerving.

Re:new species (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332257)

I swear I only checked this story out to see if the racists were gonna call out the n-word...check : ) Fucking awesome! Predictable Slashdot trolls are predictable.

Re:new species (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41334495)

The only question is, was it the racists who did or the trolls? My money is actually on the latter.

Re:new species (1)

pwizard2 (920421) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332201)

With that face it reminds me of a guy I used to work with.

Re:new species (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41334797)

With that face it reminds me of a guy I used to work with.

More surprisingly, it reminds me of a girl I used to go out with. Well, I say go out, but we mostly stayed in, if you know what I mean. And I'm sure that you do.

She might not have been Miss World, but she banged like a shithouse door in a gale.

WOW !! ALREADY OUTNUMBER WINDOWS PHONE USERS !! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331679)

Yes, laugh all you want !!

Re:WOW !! ALREADY OUTNUMBER WINDOWS PHONE USERS !! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331983)

The difference being, one has actually been seen in the wild, while the other has only been thought to exist by inference (massive lay-offs in Finland, for instance).

from the pictures I would say... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331709)

His favorite food are the leaves of the cannabis sativa plant...

Hidden or invisible!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331713)

It's a new item in a foreign but popular science catalogue, not a discovery to the human eye, knowledge or tastebuds, sadly.

Who wants some monkey trim? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331745)

Since we're to the point where AIDS is largely manageable, what brave African will step up and boldly fuck this new monkey to create the next plague?

I'd take it with a pinch of salt... (0)

mutherhacker (638199) | about a year and a half ago | (#41331791)

Granted how scientists just LOVE to give new names to things that are even slightly different (eg. Dinosaurs and how Jack Horner put them to shame [ted.com]).

Re:I'd take it with a pinch of salt... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331815)

Had you read TFA, you would've learned that they have done genetic testing and confirmed the species' distinctiveness from its closest relative.

Re:I'd take it with a pinch of salt... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332055)

By sitting in the corner?

questions (5, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year and a half ago | (#41331795)

Science will ask biological type questions. The rest of the world only cares about these questions though:

Is it cute?
Is it tasty?
Can it do tricks?

Beyond that the rest of the world just doesn't care. Kind of sad actually.

Re:questions (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331909)

But does it blend?

Re:questions (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332011)

If they bring this breed over to America, I wonder what scientific name they'll give it? I believe African Americanus is already taken.

Re:questions (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332203)

I can't even decide if this is racist or not.

Re:questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41336835)

It is.

Re:questions (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41333623)

Last time they brought monkeys over from Africa a sudden uncontrollable outbreak of hip-hop hit the population.

Re:questions (3, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332057)

Yes, and here on Slashdot they'll want to know if it's working on a new programming language. That beard has a lot of promise.

Re:questions (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#41337185)

Well, I just wanted to make a remark that this is a wasted perfectly good opportunity to name a monkey species after Steve Ballmer, but I am forced to bow before your wit, it's bigger than mine (just like your beard, I suppose).

Re:questions (1, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332067)

Americans will ask "So, how do the Darwinists explain this? This proves that evolution is just a theory", and "Born in Africa? Where is its long-form birth certificate?"

Re:questions (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332083)

Is it tasty?

It doesn't need to be tasty. It just needs to come packaged as part of a "Happy Jungle Meal" with a toy for children. What you call a new species, the Congolese call, "the same old smoked Sunday roast dinner, again."

For the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benjamin Franklin's quip is valid, "Hunger never saw bad bread." Places that call themselves Democratic Republics usually are neither. Watch out for a name change to the "Democratic Republic of America."

Now . . . do these bushmeat critters have a natural resistance to AIDS . . . ?

Re:questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332165)

Science will ask biological type questions. The rest of the world only cares about these questions though:

Is it cute?
Is it tasty?
Can it do tricks?

Beyond that the rest of the world just doesn't care. Kind of sad actually.

More importantly can they text and drive at the same time with cell phone, if they can then they have a chance to survive.

Re:questions (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332177)

Finally a new animal to name an operating system after!

Re:questions (5, Funny)

skovnymfe (1671822) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332179)

I'd say the most important question is this: Is it better at writing Shakespeare than other monkeys?

it IS cute (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332243)

Just look at their human-like eyes. People love that.
This species might go the way of the panda - avoid extinction through cuteness.

Re:it IS cute (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332273)

My wife already wants to get one. It is SO cute.

Re:questions (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332929)

A 'new' discovery. It has a local name and has probably been used for bush meat forever but its new. So:

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Not for long.

Re:questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332933)

Also: "Is it safe to microwave this?"

Re:questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41333279)

It has an enormous blue arse, bigger than the colourful arses of other monkeys. This, I tell you, is Stuff That Matters.

Not much of a discovery .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41331869)

Considering the natives were keeping a few as pets. Sometimes we are a bit limited by our own world-view.

At the same time, they are pretty cute. My wife already wants one as a pet instead of our dog.....

Re:Not much of a discovery .... (1)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about a year and a half ago | (#41335713)

To be fair though, if the Democratic Republic of Congo is the only place that knows about it, that's pretty much the same thing as an all new discovery. I'm just guessing, but they probably don't have a lot of resources freed up for categorization/conservation/study of new species.

Edible? (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332349)

Living in the republic of Congo, most locals will probably want to know what the best way to prepare it's meat is.

New species discovered (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332763)

And promptly shot and eaten.
Reports from the field indicate that "they don't taste all that bad."

Hooray for PLoS ONE! (3, Informative)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332895)

Notice that you can download this entire article, in html or pdf at your choice, for free from anywhere. No paywall or restrictions. You can even post it to your website, redistribute it freely, etc. You can do pretty much whatever you want with this article, short of claiming it to be your own work (if you're not an author).

The Public Library of Science is helping to make more research results publicly accessible through this journal. No, I don't work for them, though I do have an article in PLoS ONE myself.

Re:Hooray for PLoS ONE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41336937)

Freely available doesn't mean that there's no cost involved. Instead of paywall/restrictions between article and readers, for PLoS and other open access journals, the paywall/restrictions are between the authors and publication. The activities surrounding peer-review, editing, and publication of an article are absorbed somewhere: either from the suppliers/authors, or from the consumers/readers. The authors paid the publisher (PLoS ONE) to have their article produced and published.

A downside of the author-pays (aka "open access") arrangement is that the research team has to either have the financial means to directly pay the publishing fees themselves, or convince a sponsor to cover their publication fees. Research that doesn't align with funding agencies' scientific or political leanings may not be sponsored.

PLoS submissions fees for US authors [plos.org] are $1350.

Re:Hooray for PLoS ONE! (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year and a half ago | (#41338221)

Freely available doesn't mean that there's no cost involved

That is a valid point, though I did not claim anything to the contrary. As consumers of scientific publications, though, slashdot readers notice when they can - or cannot - download a published paper for free.

The authors paid the publisher (PLoS ONE) to have their article produced and published.

The vast majority of academic journals have charges for the authors, regardless of whether or not the articles are available for free to view and download. You would be hard pressed to find a journal in the biological sciences in particular that doesn't charge for review and publication.

PLoS submissions fees for US authors are $1350.

Which is on par with most biomedical journals. The only ones that are significantly less than that are the "Hindawi" journals, which have such marginal impact that they aren't even indexed by pubmed.

It is worth noting that both the PLoS and the BMC (BioMedCentral) journals also have "membership" setups where institutions - via their libraries - can become members and have the review / publication charges reduced drastically or waived entirely. For that matter, they also have a mechanism by which you can submit and ask to have the fee waived or reduced, if you find it is beyond what you can pay.

human like face (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41332921)

It has a very human like face

Not new, just new to science (1)

Dixie_Flatline (5077) | about a year and a half ago | (#41332973)

I read in a different article that the species was known to the native residents of the area. So western scientists have just named something, they didn't discover it. This article makes it sound like they're the first people that have ever seen such a thing.

Re:Not new, just new to science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41335701)

I read in a different article that the species was known to the native residents of the area. So western scientists have just named something, they didn't discover it. This article makes it sound like they're the first people that have ever seen such a thing.

Discovery: classified as unique in our taxonomy. If any local bushmen wanted credit they could have done the genetic testing and written up a paper for a scientific journal.

Family Resemblance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41333115)

Those photos kept reminding me of someone, and it finally came to me. That monkey looks like Gene Wilder. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ismc2ZgXs10/ThUSVW8mRZI/AAAAAAAAADw/tBPtQZ6Rg_k/s1600/07_10.jpg

Blue balls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41333381)

Great. So they found a monkey with blue balls. How special...

It's not new (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41333869)

The natives of the area have known about it for hundreds of years. Just because some European has seen it for the first time does not make it "new" or "unknown". This would be the same as someone from Africa coming to the US and "discovering" the Bald Eagle and calling it an unknown species of white headed vulture.

Monkey looks like that restored Jesus painting (2)

stillnotelf (1476907) | about a year and a half ago | (#41333907)

Does anyone else think that this new monkey looks a lot like that badly restored painting of Jesus that was in the news a few weeks ago? Monkey (from TFA) [mongabay.com], Jesus [pri.org]; you decide.

Impossible (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41334033)

It is impossible to discover a new primate species because we know every species on the earth already. That is the reason Sasquatch and the Yeti cannot possibly exist. NOT!!!!

And its cries echoes in the jungle.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41335165)

And its cries echoes in the jungle....

"developers - developers -developers- developers-developers- developers-developers"

Gorilla elliotnesis ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41335519)

did they name it Gorilla elliotnesis ?... ducks

Slashdot ignores the important issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41335955)

For example, a new cute monkey is interesting, but a Penis Snake [mongabay.com] is downright frightening. From what did it evolve - did some poor unfortunate man have a very traumatizing mishap whilst walking through the jungle? Is its tongue white and liquidy? Can it be masturbated? Does it perform cunnilingus to impregnate females, or does it have its own sub-penis?

All of these issues and more must be discussed and must, eventually, be resolved.

Worth a thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41345101)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of them.

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