”The forest in Modog is like a nature library, and we know very little about it,” says Chao Zhao, a researcher at China’s Dali University’s Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research, who worked on the study. ”Discovery of the new macaque species suggests that there may be some species that still remain undiscovered in this area.”
His team set up camera traps in four Tibetan gorges capturing more than 700 photos of macaques. They then analysed the photos and compared them with photos of known species.
”Our photos clearly showed some morphological differences between the new species and other known species,” says co-author Peng-Fei Fan, also at Dali University.