Pangolins, similar to anteaters, are hunted and sold illegally for their meat and scales, which some believe have special healing powers. There are eight types of pangolins, spread across Asia and Africa.

Scientists recently studied confiscated scales from Hong Kong and China’s Yunnan province from 2012 to 2019. This led to a surprising discovery of a new species, Manis mysteria, never seen before. Jing-Yan Hu, a researcher, called this finding unexpected. They examined 33 scale samples from different seizures, each with unique features. Some scales were attached to skin, claws, or other parts of the pangolin. This changes what we know about pangolins and their evolution. It helps conservationists know where to focus their efforts. Dr. Aryn Wilder, a specialist in conservation genetics, praised this discovery as very important. She said it allows for specific plans to protect this new species and prevent it from disappearing. Wilder emphasized the need for tailored conservation strategies to ensure Manis mysteria survives and its special diversity is preserved.