Home  |  News  |  Photo  |  Video   |  Travel  |  Learn Chinese  |  Opinions  |  EZFM  |  NEWS Plus  |  CHINA PLUS
New primate species identified in China, named after Star Wars character
   2017-01-12 15:24:25    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei Fei

A new species of primate has been identified and named the "Skywalker hoolock gibbon" at the Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve in southwest China.

The "Star War gibbon" in China lives to the east of the Irrawaddy river. [Photo: Yun Shan]

While the animal has been studied for some time, it wasn't until recently that those gibbons inhabiting the forests of Yunnan province were found to actually be a completely different species.

Hoolock gibbons are found in Bangladesh, India, China and Myanmar, living in forest treetops.

However one research team from Sun Yat-sen University started to suspect that these animals they were observing were different from other hoolock gibbons, based on different markings and vocalizations, reported the BBC.

So the team decided to do a genetic comparison of these special gibbons with other hoolock gibbons, confirming these primates were in fact a different species.

The primates were then given the scientific name, "hoolock tianxing" meaning "heaven's movement" when translated from Chinese.

And because the scientists who made the discovery happened to be fans of the Star Wars movies, these "jungle Jedi" that live in the treetops were given the common name "Skywalker hoolock gibbon".

Mark Hamill's twitter [Screenshot: CRIENGLISH.com]

In response to the news, actor Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars movies - said on Twitter that he was so proud to have them named after his character.

1  2  3  4  
  Recommended
CRI Interview with Former Australian Foreign Minister
At the 5th World Peace Forum, CRI had an exclusive interview with Bob Carr, Former Australian Foreign Minister.
Along the Silk Road: Haji Fida Hussain--Pakistani Export Tycoon
Pakistani businessman Haji is exporting Chinese goods all over the world.


Share

               


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

                         
News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ