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January 5, 2016

Taxonomists continue to chip away at the number, and in the last decade or so, have reported around 16,000 new species each year.

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2015 was no different, and they discovered a variety of wonderful new forms of life. Here are just a few of them.....
3. MACACA LEUCOGENYS, THE MONKEY WITH A WEIRD WEINER The white-cheeked macaque, discovered in southeastern Tibet, owes its name to its white whiskers, but it was a feature a little further down that helped researchers determine it as a new species. Among other differences between it and the other macaque species in the region, are the shape and color of its business parts. While the other species there have penises with spear-shaped tips and white scrotums, the new guy has a rounded penis and a dark, hairy scrotum. 12 Cool Species Discovered in 2015 | Mental Floss

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 5, 2016 7:49 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I thought the correct story line was something to the effect that the white Amerikan male was causing the loss of species planet wide.

Posted by: Terry [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 7:26 AM

If a different looking schlong gets you your own species, I could identify a slew of new species next time I use the bathhouse at the beach.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 2:05 PM

And do the taxonomists argue over whether to refer to the parts as 'scrotums' versus 'scrota', or is that left the denizens of the English Department? So many weighty matters ...

Posted by: Grizzly [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 8:24 PM

You know you have job security when you get paid to classify the hair color of a monkey's scrotum.

Posted by: Speller [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 10:55 PM

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