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Olinguito: New Kid on the Block


The olinguito has become a science media darling this past week. And why not? It’s small and furry and doesn’t look quite like anything you’ve seen before. Unless you’ve seen an olingo. Olingos are relatively obscure relatives of the more popular raccoon. They live up in rainforest canopies of South America, and are mostly active [...]

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Previously Unknown Mammal Spent Decades Hiding in Plain Sight

picture of the olinguito

As fans of the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation know, skulls and teeth can provide excellent forensic clues. Yet any taxonomist will tell you that hard-boiled detectives and forensic scientists are far from the only ones to appreciate the investigative powers of craniums and pearly whites. The most recent proof of their taxonomic utility [...]

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First Photos of Olinguito Cubs have been Released


Just look at this thing. How does it exist? Back in August, a team from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History led by curator of mammals, Kristofer Helgen, announced the discovery of the olinguito – the first new species of carnivore discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. The species was discovered as [...]

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The Olinguito: A New Species That Looks House Cat Crossed With a Teddy Bear


With its soft, round ears, pink nose and wide, brown eyes,  the olinguito is an absolute teddy bear, and the first new species of carnivore discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. At home in the humid cloud forests that line the slopes of the Andes in Colombia and Ecuador, the newly described olinguito [...]

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