Science & Technology

New Species of Monkey Discovered

Though apparently the locals knew it was there all along


Scientists are claiming they have discovered a new species of monkey living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo—an animal well-known to local hunters but until now, unknown to the outside world.

In a paper published Wednesday in the open-access journal Plos One, the scientists describe the new species that they call Cercopithecus Lomamiensis, known locally as the Lesula, whose home is deep in central DR Congo's Lomami forest basin. The scientists say it is only the second discovery of a monkey species in 28 years.