Meet the first newly discovered mammalian species in 35 years, the olinguito, as presented by Rob Nelson from Untamed Science:


  1. #1 jane
    August 18, 2013

    I think you mean first in the New World in 35 years. Several have been discovered recently in Viet Nam.

    • #2 Dr. Dolittle
      August 20, 2013

      Yes, of course! I did not clarify that it was the first new species discovered in the New World. Thank you for catching that!

  2. #3 Sean
    August 23, 2013

    It’s not the first new mammal discovered in the New World for 35 years either – not even the first in the last decade. You’re thinking of the first New World Carnivoran described in 35 years. New species of opossums, bats, monkeys and sloths have all been described in the 21st century in the Americas; as have a few others whose specific status is controversial, like the Dwarf Manatee.

    • #4 Dr. Dolittle
      August 23, 2013

      Yes, indeed!