New Gibbon Species Discovered In a 2,200-Year-Old Royal Chinese Tomb

When Samuel Turvey found a drawer labelled “gibbon,” he knew he had hit the jackpot. But what he found inside was better than he could have hoped for.

Yes, it was a gibbon, or rather the remains of one—parts of its face, jaw, and arm. These fragments were enough for Turvey to show that the animal belonged to a new species of gibbon, distinct from the 20 that live today, and all the ones that we know of from prehistory. And it had been discovered in, of all places, an ancient royal...

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