Ape Named after Luke Skywalker – level 3

19-01-2017 15:00

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

Scientists studying gibbons in the mountains of southwest China concluded that these gibbons are a new species of primates because they are different in many ways from other species of primates. The colours of their coats and their different facial markings are different.

They also have a distinct song and a duet between males and females. Gibbons are monogamous species, so they always have a duet. What was important into researches was the fact that their song was different from other species.

Mark Hamill, the actor playing Luke Skywalker, gave his approval to the new species name.

Gibbons also face legal hunting and destructive damage of their habitat.

Difficult words: conclude (decide that something is true after studying something), distinct (different, special), give approval (agree with something), face (be threatened by), habitat (the natural home of an animal or a plant).

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