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Recent science articles describe new mammal species: the Olinguito

Smithsonian researchers announce the olinguito as a new mammal species.

Smithsonian researchers announce the olinguito as a new mammal species.

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