This morning’s episode of Totally Wild featured a familiar face – Professor Kristofer Helgen speaks about discovering new mammals from the 20 minute mark.
He recounts what it takes to discover a new species: and the close eye for a difference outside the range of variability between specimens expected within a species.
Professor Helgen films in the Museum’s Science Centre among the archives to which hold such importance to his career.
To watch the whole story click through to the Totally Wild Webpage, the story starts at 19m30.
Kris Helgen speaks more indepth about this process and the story of discovering the Olinguito in South America, in his Inaugural Lecture last year. Watch the whole video below