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Where is the world’s greatest concentration of unique species of mammals? A team of American and Filipino authors have concluded that it is Luzon Island in the Philippines. The project expanded over 15 years, has shown that out of 56 species of non-flying mammal species that live on the island, 52 live nowhere else in the world!
Co-author Sharon Jansa, curator of mammals at the Bell Museum of Natural History, played a key role in the project. Her lab conducted the DNA sequencing that enabled the discovery of 28 new mammal species on Luzon! Most of the new species found live in tropical cloud forests high in the mountains. This habitat features frequent typhoons with 12-15 feet of rain per year. The team discovered four species of tiny tree-mice with whiskers that nearly reach their ankles.
"Discovering species like these tree-mice is so incredible, because we aren’t just adding new leaves to the tree of life; we’ve added entirely new branches just for the Philippines,” said Jansa. “We are discovering new species of mammals all the time. Sometimes we find them by exploring new places; sometimes we find them lurking in museum collections. There is still so much to learn about life on Earth—and that is really exciting."
Check out this link to discover more about the finding and research that was conducted in the Philippines.