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New species of snub-nosed monkey found in Myanmar

New snub-nosed monkey found in Myanmar - digital reconstruction
Digitally changed image to show what the Burmese snub-nosed monkey looks like

A new species of snub-nosed monkey, which sneezes in the rain because it has an upside-down nose, has been discovered in Myanmar in Asia.

The animal is named the Burmese snub-nosed monkey. It's black and has white tufts of hair on its ears and chin.

It's thought there are only about 300 of this species of monkey alive, meaning they're really endangered.

On rainy days the monkeys often sit with their heads in-between their knees to stop water getting in their noses!

Other species of snub-nosed monkeys are found in parts of China and Vietnam.

Frank Momberg, who was part of the group that discovered the monkey, said finding the new species was exceptional: "Discovering a new species of snub-nosed monkey is very rare indeed."