Scientists recently identified a new species of African monkey. The monkey, called a lesula, is notable not just for its coloring - "unlike anything I've ever seen, as one researcher put it – but also its unique backside. As the New York Times reports:
"And adult males have a huge bare patch of skin in the buttocks, testicles and perianal area," said John A. Hart, the researcher who described the coloring.
The bald-assed lesula is apparently also very blue, as in colorful, not sad. "It's a brilliant blue, really pretty spectacular," said the scientist.
Scientists first discovered the lesula in the center of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At first they thought this particular monkey was an owl-faced monkey, which has similar features as the lesula. But the coloring made them think it might be a new new species. Analyzed tissued samples taken from lesulas killed by local hunters confirmed their theory.
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