The world’s newest monkey species was found in a lab, not on an expedition

The discovery of the Popa langur, a medium-sized leaf-eating monkey found in central Myanmar, was recently announced by scientists. It is estimated there are just 200 to 250 of these monkeys, which will likely mean the new species is classed as “critically endangered.” This find was announced just a week or so after two new species of greater glider – a gliding marsupial – were identified in Australia. But what do scientists mean when they announce the discovery of “new” mammalian species? Were these animals really unknown to science?



a monkey sitting on a tree branch: The Popa langur (Trachypithecus popa) is named after the sacred Mount Popa, which holds the largest population of the species with just over 100 animals.


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The Popa langur (Trachypithecus popa) is named after the sacred Mount Popa, which holds the largest population of the species with just over 100 animals.

While discoveries such as the langur and the gliders are certainly exciting, it is important to clarify that these were not previously unseen species uncovered by some intrepid explorer. Rather, these

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The Denmark Expedition set out to explore unknown Inuit land in 1906. Three members died. — ScienceDaily

Jørgen Brønlund was one of the participants in the legendary Mylius Erichsen’s Denmark Expedition to Greenland 1906-08. In 1907, he died in a small cave of hunger and frostbite, but before that, he made one last note in his diary:

“Perished 79 Fjord after trying to return home over the ice sheet, in November Month I come here in waning moonlight and could not continue from Frost in the Feet and the Dark.”

The Danish expedition had traveled to Northeast Greenland the year before to explore and map the most northerly Greenland and also to determine whether the 50,000 square kilometer Peary Land was a peninsula or an island. If an island, it would accrue to the Americans. If a peninsula, it would be part of Danish territory.

It was after a failed attempt to get into the Independence Fjord that Jørgen Brønlund and two other participants on the expedition’s

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2021 Ford Expedition vs. 2021 GMC Yukon

They are the big rigs, the large-and-in-charge three-row family sport-utes — heavy, often thirsty, full-sized brutes that have the muscle to tow the big stuff, whether it’s a sailboat, an Airstream trailer, or maybe even a small building. They can be fairly utilitarian and rugged, or optioned with enough bells and whistles to rival the luxury of their upscale Lincoln and Cadillac siblings. They are the Ford Expedition and the GMC Yukon .



a police car parked on the side of a road: 2021 Ford Expedition vs. 2021 GMC Yukon


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2021 Ford Expedition vs. 2021 GMC Yukon

And for the 2021 model year, General Motors debuts its fifth-generation GMC Yukon, available in SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali trims and in regular length (5,334 millimetres) and extended-wheelbase XL (5,720 mm) versions. Meanwhile, Ford’s fourth-generation Expedition came out for the 2018 model year and saw a few updates for 2020. The 2021 model, also offered in regular length (5,334 mm) and extended-wheelbase Max (5,636 mm),

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