Monday, October 21, 2002

A NEW SPECIES OF APE?

Out in the forest, something stirs
Oct 17th 2002 | BILI
From The Economist print edition

...In 1908 two apes were shot near a place called Bondo, in northern Congo. Their skulls (and two others found in local dwellings) had the crests characteristic of gorillas, but they were unusual enough for taxonomists of the time to classify them as a separate subspecies. Since then, no further specimens of this subspecies have been recorded. Four years ago, Karl Amman, a Swiss wildlife photographer, took up the quest to rediscover the missing gorillas. What he has found is not yet clear. But it might, just, be a new species of ape....