Another real-life 'Yoda' discovered in Indonesia

Another real-life 'Yoda' discovered in Indonesia

A Tarsius supriatnai clings to a tree on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Another real-life 'Yoda' discovered in Indonesia

One of the new species of tarsius (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae) hangs out in Indonesia.

"To me the story is that scientists are in a race against time to identify and conserve the species-rich biodiversity on the world’s most geologically complex island, an island that is far larger and many times as species rich when compared with the much better known Galapagos Islands," Shekelle said.

Mittermeier said that “these two new species of tarsier from Sulawesi are the 80th and 81st primates new to science described since the turn of the century. This represents about 16% of all primate species, and is indicative of how little we know of our planet’s unique and wonderful biodiversity."

Overall, the majority of tarsier species are now endangered or threatened, and some are designated critically endangered, according to Endangered Species International.

Another real-life 'Yoda' discovered in Indonesia

Separated at birth? Tarsiers may have been the inspiration for the 'Star Wars' character Yoda.



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