NG’s Ten Weirdest Animals of 2010

screencap from National Geographic

December is for consuming mulled wine and year-end lists. My favorite found today was National Geographic Editors’ Ten Weirdest Animals, ie new species, of 2010. Above is the Yoda Bat, “just one of the roughly 200 species encountered during two scientific expeditions to Papua New Guinea in 2009, and announced in October.

Yoda made waves on the Web but for a primate lover, the best story was about a new snub-nosed monkey:

A new monkey species in Myanmar is so snub-nosed that rainfall is said to makes it sneeze — but that’s apparently the least of its problems, conservationists announced in October. The only scientifically observed specimen had been killed by local hunters the time researchers found it—and was eaten soon after.

More on Snubby here.


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