NEW GREAT APE SPECIES FOUND IN INDONESIA

11/06/2017

A new species of orangutan, Tapanuli orangutan, has been discovered in Indonesia. The apes in question were only reported to exist after an expedition into the remote mountain forests there in 1997. An analysis of a total 37 complete orangutan genomes has shown that these apes separated from their Bornean relatives less than 700,000 years ago. The new great ape will be added to the list of Critically Endangered species. For the full story see http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41848816.