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Friday, May 12, 2006

New Species of Monkey Found

Let great honk-barkings of joy be heard 'round the world: a new species of monkey has bee discovered in East Africa. National Geographic has the scoop:
"Scientists have discovered a new monkey species in the mountains of East Africa. The new primate, known as the highland mangabey (Lophocebus kipunji), was identified by two independent research teams working in separate locations in southern Tanzania... Except for their furry off-white bellies and tails, highland mangabeys are covered in thick brown fur. The thick coats are an adaptation to the primate's mountain habitat, where temperatures can drop below freezing, researchers say. The species lives at elevations up to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters).The monkeys have black eyelids, faces, hands, and feet. Researchers have yet to directly measure a highland mangabey. But scientists say the primates are about 3 feet (90 centimeters) tall and sport tails of similar length. "
and here is the money quote:
"As adults, the monkeys emit a loud, low-pitched "honk-bark," which is significantly different from calls made by any other primate, Davenport said."

5 Comments:

At May 12, 2006 9:19 AM, Blogger Lucas said...

Honk-bark! I love it! Maybe the monkey is the illegitamate love child of a goose and a dog!

 
At May 12, 2006 10:16 AM, Blogger Lex Ham Rand said...

"HONK....who you callin' illegitmate!!...BARK!!!"

 
At May 12, 2006 10:44 AM, Blogger Voix said...

You know what, I think that is the sound of me coughing and sneezing with my sinus infection. A "honk bark" sound is exactly what it sounds like.

 
At May 12, 2006 1:58 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I honk-barked almost immediately after the last time I ate a meatball sub from Subway.

 
At May 12, 2006 2:13 PM, Blogger The Pirate of Selby Avenue said...

I honk-barked after a night of Long Island Ice Teas and bourbon about a decade ago. That was some extremely poor decision making on my part. Now I stick to grog.

 

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