Scientists have named a new species of mammal, the first in South America in 35 years. Actually, the little olinguito, which looks like a raccoon or small bear, had been misidentified for hundreds of years, hiding among its well-known larger cousin, the olingo. Now scientists at the Smithsonian have determined that the smaller animal is a separate species, and science journal readers are formally introduced to the cute little olinguito.
Discovery of a new mammal in the Americas
For years the olingo, a large carnivore found in South America, was kept in zoos. But some were large and some were small. Read more