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New monkey discovered (Yale Daily News)

A new species of African monkey has been discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Commonly known as Lesula, the new species of monkey — which feeds on fruit and vegetation — has a hairless face, muzzle and long, blond mane, according to a Sept. 12 journal article detailing the discovery. The articles are based on data collected by researchers affiliated with the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The seven Lesula specimens examined by the researchers are currently housed at the Peabody Museum, said study co-author Eric Sargis, Yale professor of anthropology and Curator of Mammalogy at the Peabody.

“It’s a great addition to the Peabody’s collection, because these [monkeys] are obviously very rare,” Sargis added.

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