New Species Discovered In 2017

Scientists have already discovered millions of different species that currently or have once walked the Earth. However, they believe there are still millions of more to discover. This year scientists have already uncovered many creatures we had never found before. These are just a few of the animals scientists have discovered in 2017.

Zuul crurivastator

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If you are a Ghostbusters fan, you may recognize the name Zuul. In the film, Zuul is one of the Gatekeepers of Gozer, and the demon that possess Dana Barrett’s body.  Scientists have recently discovered a newfound species of ankylosaurus, that looks very much like the demon minion Zuul. Therefore, the new species was named after the character. The Zuul Crurivastator has osteoderms (armor made of bone) made up of several rows of large, sharp, bony spikes, a 10-foot-long (3 meters) tail to hit predators, and weighed around 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms). Although the discovery was made in 2016 at Montana’s Judith River Formation, scientists have only recently released all of their findings.

Ecuadorian Rain Frog

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According to a study published in March 2017, scientists have recently discovered a new series of rainfrog, which they have named the Ecuadorian Rain Frog (Pristimantis ornatissimus). The frog has a yellow-green color with black stripes and was discovered in Ecuador’s cloud forests. Sadly, this newly discovered species is already considered endangered with a high risk of extinction. This is due to the risk of habitat loss within its existing small range.

Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon

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In January 2017, a paper was published in the American Journal of Primatology, announcing the discovery of new hoolock gibbon species. The scientists have named the newly discovered primate, Skywalker. It is indeed named after the Star Wars character. According to Live Science, “The species’ “Star Wars”-inspired name is connected both to the gibbon’s high treetop home, and the mysticism that surrounded the primate in Chinese history.” The Skywalker inhabits home in the forests of the Gaoligong mountains, in China. Sadly, this species is also already considered endangered. Like many other small ape species in Southern China, the Skywalker faces high risk of habitat loss and being hunted.