On the Trail of the Olinguito: Discovering New Mammals in an Age of Extinctions

Speaker: Kristofer Helgen, Ph.D.SpeakerSeriesKrisMarch2014
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Dr. Kristofer Helgen of the Smithsonian Institution has discovered approximately 100 species of mammals previously unknown to science. His team’s recent discovery of the Olinguito, the smallest member of the raccoon family found in the cloud forests for Colombia and Ecuador, was the first carnivore in 35 years to be discovered in the Americas. Join us as Dr. Helgen tells of his fascination with the variety of life on earth and how he works both behind the scenes in museum collections and on the field expeditions to document species of mammals never before discovered or described by scientists.

 

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