Wild Things: Life as We Know It
Flamingos, T. rex Tails, Burmese monkeys and more...
- By Amanda Bensen, T.A. Frail, Megan Gambino, Jess Righthand and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian magazine, January 2011
An illustration of the Burmese snub-nosed monkey (Martin Averling / Fauna & Flora International)
Wildlife biologists conducting a census in remote mountains of Myanmar have documented the existence of a primate previously unknown to science. They learned of the Burmese snub-nosed monkey from local residents, who said they can hear the monkey in the rain. Apparently, raindrops trickle into its upturned nostrils, causing the animal to sneeze.
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