What amazes me about this discovery, is the fact that in 2023 we have the privilege of discovering new wildlife species. We have never known more about our planet than we do in this day and age. But for all we know, there is still so much that we don’t know, and this is an exciting thought.
The age of technology has allowed us to study our natural world in a level of detail like never before. DNA plays such a pivotal role in the classification of organisms and shapes the way we view our weird, wonderful world! I don’t know about you, but in my limited experience in DNA classifications of wildlife, I mostly know about various bird species being, lumped, split and re-lumped as scientists learn more and more on a DNA level. But discovering a new mammal species solely by testing the DNA of its scales, knowing that there’s an actual specimen running around in the wilds of Asia somewhere, blows my mind!