New Pig Species Found in Disappearing Forest


(AP) — A Dutch scientist thinks he has discovered a new species of wild pig nearly twice the size of other pigs in Brazil’s Amazon region.
At four feet long and 90 pounds, the pig is the latest in a string of new species that Marc van Roosmalen reported to have found since 1996. His findings were published in the Oct. 29 edition of the German scientific journal Bonner Zoologische Beitrage.

Van Roosmalen, said his discovery of the peccary – a kind of wild pig he dubbed Pecari maximus – points out the need to protect the region as a habitat for wild species.

He said he made his discovery by accident in 2000, while searching for a new monkey species.


The region where Roosmalen discovered the new peccary and other species – mostly primates – lies along a logging frontier around Nova Aripuana, where the number of sawmills has grown from two in 2002 to 14 today.


DNA analysis showed the animal diverged from the most closely related species, Pecari tajacu, or collared peccary, about 1 million to 1.2 million years ago, Van Roosmalen said.

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7 Responses to New Pig Species Found in Disappearing Forest

  1. KS says:

    And so, of course, they killed it…..?

  2. chris says:

    this blog is AWESOME!!! but I reccomend you change the title to something more on topic… like “Amazing stories from our planet” or something even more unique and easy to remember…. I had a really hard time finding this blog again with google search, just an idea…. your blog is GREAT! I love these stories … Its just second to national geographics news site.

  3. chris says:

    oh and in response to the other post… it appears that he may have scavanged this specimen from something hunted by locals. It is very difficult to obtain genetic and morphological evidence from a wild animal. And furthermore to identify a new species you have to have at least one preserved for study in a museum to see how it relates to other similar individuals… it is a very very complicated process, you cant just spot an animal and claim it to be a new species, it can take years of lab work on one specimen just to make a case (though with genetics now it is a bit easier in some cases).

  4. The Sign Guy says:

    Good thing, bfore it disappeared!

  5. Bat Man says:

    It’s astonishing how many things are in the Amazon yet to be discovered, and depressing to think how many we’ve lost without knowing.

  6. Carita says:

    I think the title is fantastic… and so true… Thanks!!

  7. zaxy says:

    sorry i didn’t reply before- i thought i had! 🙂
    I do agree with you about the blog’s name not being easy to remember or associate with the subject matter, but at this point, i figure that it’s got enough name recognition that i can’t really justify changing it. Perhaps, if i were doing it all over again, i’d’ve come up with something a little less mystical, and more straightforward… i don’t really know!
    i AM looking at setting up a mirror blog, tho- one with a more appropriate address as well as name, but which will have identical posts that auto-update when i post here.

    Not being a major technogeek, i’m not making fast progress on that, but i’m determined to figure it out eventually! 🙂

    thanks to you, and to everyone else who has commented here! (between us, i also thought it was kinda cruddy that they discovered a new one and it was dead, but since i don’t know who killed it or why, or even if it’s actually dead and not just heavily drugged for safe transporting, i decided to not get too worried about it. Knowing it’s there is the first step to finding a way to protect the rest of them!
    all the best,

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