The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species

(Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries)

The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species (Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries) Author Sandra Markle
Isbn 1512410152
File size 6.21MB
Year 2017
Pages 40
Language English
File format PDF
Category Biology

Book Description:

"'Nothing new under the sun,' goes the old saying, but apparently there is. Consider the first 'new' carnivore spotted in the Americas in 35 years―the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina), a small furry member of the raccoon family, hiding in plain sight (though nocturnal in nature) in the Ecuadorian rain forest. Markle, impressed by the announcement of the new species in 2013, set off on her own expedition of research, contacting Kristofer Helgen and assistants Roland Kays and Miguel Pinto to document the discovery. Her lucid, brief text records the 10-plus years from Helgen's first observation of a discrepancy in a preserved specimen at the Chicago Field Museum to the big reveal at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, in 2013. With color photos, maps, a raccoon 'family album,' and some tips on scientific investigation, this is a fascinating glimpse into the long process in the lab and in the field to document the search for actual proof of a new species. VERDICT: This quick but wondrous look at the scientific search for the olinguito is an excellent addition to science collections."―starred, School Library Journal

 

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