Biodiversity: This is where most of the unseen vertebrates live.

Biodiversity: This is where most of the unseen vertebrates live.

How little we know about Earth’s biodiversity from a 2017 discovery: At the time, experts working with Eric Mezarda described a new species of great apes from the island of Sumatra: the Tapanoli orangutan (Pongo tapanulinsis). And by no means is it just large vertebrate species that have been scientifically rediscovered in recent years. A study by Mario Maura and Walter Jetz in “Nature Ecology and Evolution” reported that the possibilities are currently greatest for discovering new terrestrial vertebrate species and for recording them taxonomically.

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