Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 28th, 2012
An expedition by a team of Mexican and Peruvian biologists in northern Peru has led to the discovery of eight new mammals and three new amphibians.
On the eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes, near the border with Ecuador, the area of Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary where the animals were located is called a “new paradise of unknown biodiversity” in a recent Spanish-language press release and was originally discovered during an expedition that spanned from 2009 to 2011.
Some of the animals found include an as of yet unnamed type of night monkey with orange-colored eyes; a common shrew opossum which is said to be twice the size of its closest relative and is categorized as a marsupial; an enigmatic porcupine with long quills; and an unnamed small-eared shrew.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.