Chinese scientists announced the discovery of a new species of pangolin in China, based on genomic data extracted from the scales of these enigmatic mammals.
The new species has been named with the scientific name of “Mysteries of the hand” o pangolín asiático misteriosoreported the Xinhua news agency.
This discovery is considered “extraordinary” by experts, since It’s been more than 100 years since the last discovery of a species of pangolin, the Philippine pangolin.
Pangolins are one of the most commonly illegally traded in the world, which places them in a highly vulnerable category.
Until before this discovery, eight species of pangolins were knownall of them classified on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and three of them classified as “critically endangered”.