Observed in the wild, tucked away in museum collections, and even exhibited in zoos around the world; olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe) has been a victim of mistaken identity for more than 100 years.
A team of Smithsonian scientists, however, uncovered overlooked museum specimens of this remarkable animal, which took them on a journey from museum cabinets in Chicago to cloud forests in South America to genetics labs in Washington, D.C.
And their labour's bore fruit after the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina); became the first carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.
Image: Researchers announced a rare discovery of a new species of a mammal that belongs to the grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears: the Olinguito.
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