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Meet the Olinguito: Museum Scientist Among Team that Discovers New Species of Carnivore



First Find of Its Kind in More Than Three Decades

Observed in the wild, tucked away in museum collections, and even exhibited in zoos, there is one mysterious creature that has been a victim of mistaken identity for more than 100 years. A team of scientists – including Roland Kays, of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and a professor at North Carolina State University – however, uncovered overlooked museum specimens of this remarkable animal. Their investigation eventually took them on a journey from museum cabinets in Chicago to cloud forests in South America to genetics labs in Washington, D.C. The result: the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) the first carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. The team’s discovery is published in the Aug. 15 issue of the journal ZooKeys.

Untamed Science: Olinguito (video)

View Dr. Roland Kays Press Conference Here (8.15.2013)

More on the Olinguito Here

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