Brazilian scientists discovered new river dolphin species

Brazilian scientists discoveredĀ a new species of river dolphins in the Araguaia in the vast Amazon rainforest, the first species of this type found in nearly a century.

The discovery of the “Inia araguaiaensis” was officially announced earlier this week in a study posted online by the Plos One scientific journal.

Biologist Tomas Hrbek works at the Federal University of Amazonas in the city of Manaus and is the lead author of the study. He said the new species is the third found in the Amazon region.

Mr Hrbek said “it was an unexpected discovery that shows just how incipient our knowledge is of the region’s biodiversity”.

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