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New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered
ABCnews.com ^ | 5/19/05 | AMANDA ONION

Posted on 05/19/2005 2:15:43 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana

New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered

Two Separate Teams of Scientists Stumble Across the Strange New Animal in Tanzania

By AMANDA ONION

- When a team of scientists first heard hunters from Tanzania's Wanyakyusa tribe talk about a quiet, black-faced monkey that hung out in high elevations, they weren't sure if it was real or a "spirit" animal from the tribe's oral tradition.

"Sometimes the difference between real and spiritual animals is not clear-cut when you speak with the Wanyakyusa. So we went into the forest with one of the hunters," said Tim Davenport, director of Wildlife Conservation Society's Southern Highlands Conservation Program in southwestern Tanzania. "That was the only way we could determine it was real in the way we understand the term 'real' to be."

It turns out not only was the monkey real, it was also a species completely new to scientists.

The 3-foot-long tree-living animal with brown fur, a white belly and a punk-like crest of hair on its head has been called "kipunji" locally, and now has a scientific name: Lophocebus kupunji, or the highland mangabey. The animal may have eluded researchers for so long because it lives in high altitudes in the treetops and is generally a very quiet monkey.

When it does make a sound, however, it's a strange one. Davenport dubbed the male highland monkey's territorial call the "honk-bark."

"The honk part of the call sounds like a goose," Davenport explained, "and the bark part sounds like a dog. It's very unique for a monkey."

Shared Discovery

By sheer coincidence, the new species was almost simultaneously, but independently discovered by another group of scientists working 230 miles away in Tanzania's Ndundulu Forest Reserve.

It wasn't until members from each group were talking at a bar in Tanzania that they realized they had the same big find on their hands.

"My colleague, Carolyn Ehardt, told her friend at the bar that we had made an amazing discovery," recalled Trevor Jones, an anthropologist from the University of Georgia in Athens whose team had come across the same monkey just months after Davenport's group. "Her friend said, 'It wouldn't be a primate, would it?' She said, 'Yes!'"

While Davenport's group had specifically sought out the unusual monkey described by locals, Jones and his colleagues came across the new species by chance. Jones was searching for a different monkey -- the Sanje mangabey, which features a pink face and gray fur -- when he saw the black-faced species flit across the view of his binoculars.

"I knew instantly that it was something different," Jones said. "It struck me straight away -- the all-black face and its crazy, upright hair."

New species of small animals like insects turn up on a regular basis, but finding a new monkey species is an unusual event. The last time a new monkey species was discovered in Africa was more than 20 years ago.

Jones points out, however, that in recent years there has been a "bizarre rush" of new monkey finds, including a new macaque monkey found in India last December and two cat-sized monkeys found in Brazil three years ago.

The finding of the highland mangabey has big implications for those working on charting the evolution of this group.

Mangabeys belong to two main groups. One kind sticks mainly to forest floors and is related to mandrills. The other, which includes this new species, lives in trees and is closely related to baboons. This find may help scientists more accurately trace the evolution of mangabeys from baboons and mandrills.

"Mangabey taxonomy is a real mess right now," said Jones. "This find might help us clarify some of that."

New and Fragile

To ensure future study of the new species, however, both teams of biologists emphasize that the animal needs to be protected.

Right now, scientists place population estimates for the monkey at 500 to 1,000 animals, which would classify the species as critically endangered. The animals have a number of factors working against their survival. Local people occasionally hunt the animal and, most gravely, the Southern Highlands forest where Davenport's group discovered the monkeys has been severely damaged by extensive logging.

"From our point of view, finding this new species is the start of a process, not the end of one," said Davenport. "Now it's our responsibility to ensure its survival."



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animals; forests; howarddeanisamonkey; monkey; species; tanzania
It wasn't until members from each group were talking at a bar in Tanzania that they realized they had the same big find on their hands.

Isn't it always the case?

1 posted on 05/19/2005 2:15:44 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana
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2 posted on 05/19/2005 2:17:57 PM PDT by dangus
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3 posted on 05/19/2005 2:20:36 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (The MRS wanted to go to an expensive place to eat so I took her to the gas station.)
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To: dangus

Sorry to correct you, but that's a goose with a monkey-like call.


4 posted on 05/19/2005 2:20:43 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: Rakkasan1

Did ya'll catch the name in the byline?


5 posted on 05/19/2005 2:21:20 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: hispanarepublicana; speedy; Joe 6-pack; bitt; LibertarianInExile; didi; Yaelle; Larry Lucido; ...

finding this new species is the start of a process, not the end of one," said Davenport. "Now it's our responsibility to ensure its survival."



Ha! Since this thing obviously evolved (just gotta figure out which of these is the oldest...), it is now the most advanced beast on the planet. It won't need OUR puny help. In fact, we're now in great danger of becoming the Planet of The (Mary) Mapes.... No doubt it has secret hidden missle defense sites, advanced medical technology and 100% public education, having "progressed" beyond humans....

/SMIRK


6 posted on 05/19/2005 2:22:19 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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7 posted on 05/19/2005 2:22:57 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is a religion of peace, they should fire their P.R. guy!)
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New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered

Honkey Monkey.

8 posted on 05/19/2005 2:23:10 PM PDT by martin_fierro (KnockKnock/Who's there?/Control Freak. Now you say, "Control Freak Who?")
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To: Rakkasan1
Here's a closeup (artist rendition) of the monkey: It's got a mullet!!!


9 posted on 05/19/2005 2:23:13 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

"Did ya'll catch the name in the byline?"


That's Garrison Keillor's screen name, AKA Amanda Love...


10 posted on 05/19/2005 2:23:50 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Blurblogger

I'd have chosen Greta Garlic.


11 posted on 05/19/2005 2:24:49 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

"business up front, party in the rear"


12 posted on 05/19/2005 2:25:19 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (The MRS wanted to go to an expensive place to eat so I took her to the gas station.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I thought the honking apes were all in the Senate today arguing against the up and down vote.


13 posted on 05/19/2005 2:25:58 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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14 posted on 05/19/2005 2:26:48 PM PDT by mnehring (http://www.mlearningworld.com)
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Her maiden name was Amanda Hugankiss....


15 posted on 05/19/2005 2:30:55 PM PDT by GoldMan (Never try to rationalize an irrational mind............)
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I thought the honking apes were all in the Senate today arguing against the up and down vote.

No, that's the braying jackasses.

16 posted on 05/19/2005 2:31:40 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: Blurblogger; Monkey Face

Anyone tell monkeyface about this new relative. ;o)


17 posted on 05/19/2005 2:33:37 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: K4Harty

I laughed out loud.

Yes, yes, the simian characteristics are quite apparent!


18 posted on 05/19/2005 2:36:02 PM PDT by Bald Eagle777 (Property tax is eternal rent. You can never own your own land. Why?)
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To: hispanarepublicana

Honk! Honk!

19 posted on 05/19/2005 2:43:18 PM PDT by FreedomFarmer (Socialism is not an ideology, it is a disease. Eliminate the vectors.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I can't tell you how many "big finds" I've discovered in bars. Yessir. Nothing like a couple of stiff ones and before you know it, you have a big find on your hands.


20 posted on 05/19/2005 2:45:47 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Guns kill and cause crime? Dang, mine must be malfunctioning....)
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To: pissant

You just did...looks more like something the jungles can keep, since I got my screen name from a movie, thanks just the same...


21 posted on 05/19/2005 3:18:23 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Nothing lasts as long as a box of cereal you don't like.)
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To: Monkey Face

LOL. Sorry, I thought you liked primates. ;o)


22 posted on 05/19/2005 3:26:00 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: GoldMan; hispanarepublicana

And she has a cousin named Amanda B. Reckinwith.


23 posted on 05/19/2005 3:26:06 PM PDT by speedy
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To: hispanarepublicana

Most monkeys squawk when you goose them.


24 posted on 05/19/2005 3:35:24 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Democrats haven't had a new idea since Karl Marx.)
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To: pissant

LOL!

I love them, actually! I collect frogs and primates...of the stuffed or inanimate varieties. But thanks for thinking of me. ;o]


25 posted on 05/19/2005 3:47:47 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Nothing lasts as long as a box of cereal you don't like.)
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To: Monkey Face

I just haven't chatted with ya in eons. that was my real motivation after seeing you pop up on the Vegas trip thread. ;o)


26 posted on 05/19/2005 3:49:38 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: hispanarepublicana

AMANDA HUGANKISS


27 posted on 05/19/2005 3:53:44 PM PDT by Angry Enough
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To: pissant

Awww...thanks, then...;o]

And how have YOU been? I like to VISIT Vegas, but I sure don't want to live there, any more. GAH!

I like it just fine here...no crime, no pollution to speak of and very little traffic where I live. LOL!

:o]


28 posted on 05/19/2005 3:59:09 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Nothing lasts as long as a box of cereal you don't like.)
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To: martin_fierro; hispanarepublicana; Charles Henrickson

Now let me know when there's an article about a donkey with a moose-like call that likes cheese, and I'll be interested...


29 posted on 05/19/2005 4:05:45 PM PDT by mikrofon (But not my sister)
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To: TASMANIANRED

But still, let's not let Sweden know about these guys. Let them keep their 'virginity'.


30 posted on 05/19/2005 6:12:46 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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Virgin Monkeys. Is that a mixed drink.


31 posted on 05/19/2005 6:29:00 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Democrats haven't had a new idea since Karl Marx.)
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To: Monkey Face

I have been fine. And busy. Freeping too much though.

Where are you living now that Vegas is no longer home for ya?


32 posted on 05/19/2005 8:17:15 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: Blurblogger

Is Garrison Keillor broadcast in Wanyakyusa? I mean: Wanya, KY, USA.


33 posted on 05/20/2005 7:39:09 AM PDT by dangus
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To: hispanarepublicana

I've been to Kentucky, and I've seen those mullets. I think Amanda Onion got her places mixed up. It's not Wanyakyusa, its: Wanya, KY, USA.


34 posted on 05/20/2005 7:39:57 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus; hispanarepublicana; Hi Heels; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson

"...Wanyakyusa? I mean: Wanya, KY, USA."


There's your problem. You've pronounced it wrong. Anything associated with Keillor would be pronounced:

Waaaaah 'n' Yakky ....


; ^)


35 posted on 05/20/2005 8:47:32 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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