Scientists discover new mammal

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Olinguito.jpg

Photograph by Mark Gurney, Smithsonian Institution.

Well, discover in the same sense that Columbus discovered America. The “new” mammal, the olinguito, was formerly mistaken for its closest relative, the olingo. Both inhabit the cloud forests of the Andes. The discoverer, Kristofer Helgen, described the animal as a “cross between a teddy bear and a house cat,” to which dcist.com editorialized, “(awwww).” The olinguito is related to the raccoon.

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Oh you materialists, you think that it had to be there all along, not poofed into existence by gods or aliens on March 2, 2012.

Anyway, I think I’d rather see that raiding my garbage can…

Glen Davidson

So is this one of the house cat kind or the teddy bear kind?

Both inhabit the cloud forests of the Andes.

Long walk from Mt. Ararat.

https://me.yahoo.com/a/JxVN0eQFqtmg[…]X_Zhn8#57cad said:

Oh you materialists, you think that it had to be there all along, not poofed into existence by gods or aliens on March 2, 2012.

Anyway, I think I’d rather see that raiding my garbage can…

Glen Davidson

I don’t know about that. Those are pretty sharp looking little claws. I wouldn’t want to run into that while taking out the garbage.

Pretty cute, in a scruffy sort of way.

One report I saw stated that specimens of the olinguito were in museum collections, labeled as olingos, and were not recognized as a separate species.

diogeneslamp0 said:

Both inhabit the cloud forests of the Andes.

Long walk from Mt. Ararat.

Long swim too.

Tristan Miller said:

So is this one of the house cat kind or the teddy bear kind?

The post says it’s a kind of raccoon, which i always thought was a kind of garbage disposal unit.

https://me.yahoo.com/a/KKoHMzkup9Ex[…]bVzEY-#3d4be said:

One report I saw stated that specimens of the olinguito were in museum collections, labeled as olingos, and were not recognized as a separate species.

Correct.

I strongly predict that creationists are already using this argument…(not expressed as clearly)…

“Science temporarily got the olinguito mixed up with the olinguo, therefore science is always wrong, therefore anything could be true, therefore I might as well arbitrarily ‘believe’ in some self-serving post-modern pop interpretation of a seventeenth century translation of Genesis. Oh, and by the way, in a couple of seconds I’ll switch from nihilism and claim to believe in absolute, unchanging ‘truths’, thus contradicting my original argument.”

I repeat, I strongly predict that creationists are already responding to the olinguito discovery with the argument construction shown above.

So where can I get a plush one?

The Oatmeal had a funny cartoon about this critter.

Check this out…http://www.ushanka.com/media/products/mink.jpg Note the resemblance to the olinguito…

One of those was in my yard this past weekend…a first for me. It seems West Tennessee is part of their range.

I remember watching Atteborough’s ‘Life of Mammals’ the Carnivores episode. In it a creature, tree happy, ground proficient, and looking remarkably similar to this animal was thought to represent the most likely common ancestor of dogs and cats.

“What the heck is that, and why is it taking my picture?”

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