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9 newly discovered species

By: Shea Gunther on June 1, 2011, 11:24 a.m.
Sneezing monkey of Burma

Photo: A Photoshop reconstruction of the new snub-nosed monkey. (Thomas Geissmann)

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Sneezing monkey of Burma

The sneezing monkey of Burma is another member of the Newly Discovered, Already Endangered Club. Some experts estimate that only 300 are left in the wild in the Maw River region, their numbers declining due to hunting and habitat loss. Chinese traders have been active in the area, feeding the black market demand for monkeys and other rain forest wildlife. These monkeys are known to go into long sneezing fits when it rains because their upturned noses allow water to enter their sinuses. (Note: This is a Photoshopped reconstruction of the monkey at left.)