Hello, Olinguito! Sorry to have ignored you


The Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina, photo above by Mark Gurney) is a recently “discovered” mammal, which lives in the cloud forests of the Andes.

As Nature and e! Science News report, misidentified specimens were “hidden in plain sight” for more than a century until, just recently, staff from the National Museum of Natural History realised that they represented a distinct species.

What other discoveries might be waiting in museum collections around the world? Or on a remote mountain-top somewhere?


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