Great Ape, Extinct Lion Among Top New Species

Several endangered species among top finds over past year
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2018 10:40 AM CDT
A Tapanuli orangutan with its baby in in North Sumatra, Indonesia.   (James Askew/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme via AP)

(Newser) – It's understandable that a fish in the deepest spot on Earth would escape human notice for millennia. How a great ape managed the same feat is less clear, though both are now included in a list of the top 10 of 18,000 new species discovered over the past year. "I'm constantly amazed at how many new species show up and the range of things that are discovered," says Quentin Wheeler, president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which compiled the 11th annual list, though he notes 20,000 species go extinct each year, per CNN. In fact, one species included in the list is already extinct, and several others are critically endangered.

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