Ape Named after Luke Skywalker – level 2

19-01-2017 15:00

Scientists found a new species of gibbon in remote forests in China. They named the gibbon after “Star Wars” character Luke Skywalker. The name shows that these primates live high in trees.

Scientists are studying gibbons in the mountains of southwest China. They think that this is a new species of primates.

They are different in many ways, for example, the colour of their coats or the different markings on their faces. They also have different songs and do duets between males and females. They usually live in pairs and they always have a duet. For scientists, it was the different songs which really got their attention and made them name these gibbons a new species.

Mark Hamill, the actor playing Luke Skywalker, agreed to the new species name.

Gibbons also have problems. People hunt them and damage their natural environment.

Difficult words: remote (very far away), species (a kind, a type), primate (an ape, a monkey).

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