Cranial reconstruction and skull of the new gibbon species. Credit: Dr Samuel Turvey and Professor Helen Chatterjee
Extinct species of gibbon discovered in 2-millennia-old Chinese tomb - science news in short

An ancient tomb from China revealed an unexpected surprise for zoologists: a new species of gibbon (a small type of monkey). The tomb dates back 2,300 years and it contained the remains of several animals. The gibbon was classified as a new species, that doesn’t exist today and probably went extinct around 300 years ago. The new species was baptized Junzi imperialis. The specimen from the tomb was most likely kept by a pet by a royal Chinese family.

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