Who's the monkey? Lesula's famous lookalikes
Who do you think Lesula looks like?
September 12th, 2012
10:29 PM ET

Who's the monkey? Lesula's famous lookalikes

A new species of monkey was unveiled to the world Wednesday after scientists discovered the little guys living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo three years ago.

But after years of studies to confirm the species - Cercopithecus lomamiensis, Lesula for short - was indeed the first known of its kind, many who gazed upon the primate's face had the feeling they'd seen him somewhere before.

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From heartthrob celebs to  favorite family members and friends, the CNN community has gone ape trying to figure out just who this monkey looks like. Here's what some of our commenters had to say. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

family and friends

StraightDs Thats not a new species of monkey, thats David Schwimmer.

lizzy10 Sorta looks like my Uncle Vic, only with kinder eyes.

Jameserizer Hey, I know that dude!  Man, I went to school with that dude!

Rob LeeI don't think it was very nice for them to post my high school yearbook photo. That was 10 years ago and I was really tired and I didn't shave because I wanted to look old and cool. Besides, do you know how long it takes to shave your entire forehead and face?

Sexy celebs

FBr David Lee looks like a cartoon version of jake gyllenhaal, no offense to that good actor.

Abdullah719,Muslim.I can totally see the resemblance of this one with Paris Hilton, can't you??

NavChief Hey, It's Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors.

A blast from the past

MeJustMe The monkey looks like a woodcut of Isaac Newton.

HoneyBee1234 Beautiful monkey. Looks so calm. My first thought upon seeing it was that it reminds me of The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

Jesus... or something like that

Scazman Hey its the restored spanish Jesus!

foofighter73 I see the face of a sad Jesus in that monkey.

Dash Erkina It's Fresco Jesus!

dicyanin hahaha....first thing in mind

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  1. Philip

    ...and, pregradulations to President Obama for winning in November. His reelection gives US four more years to drag Bush and Co. out into the open for everyone to see. (if you follow the 9/11 Victims Family law cases, you know they name Bush and friends as the men who financed 9/11. These 10 yr. old cases are still pending in US COURT. All of the Victims Families star witnesses were gagged by Bush judges, and President Obama refuses to lift gag orders)

    September 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rofti

    Hahahaha. Very perceptive. This proves what some of us have known all along – that humans really are from the same family as the primates.

    September 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    How about Christopher Walken?

    September 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Same icy eyes...but can this monket dance like Christopher?
      More cowbell.

      September 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That s/b 'monkey'.

      September 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kayte

    Does nobody else think that think looks just like Osama Bin Laden?!

    September 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ahmed Obama

    Put a beard on President Obama and he could pass for Al-Quida patrol.
    Acourse Abe Lincoln could pass for bi-polar. (or a walking zombie. he was so ugly, he scared children)

    September 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 123elle

    What a lovely, pensive face it has. Its features are well-defined and elegant, and its coloring is gorgeous. Lesula does seem to be speaking to us with those wonderfully expressive and intelligent eyes. Apes, which are so much closer to us genetically, seem gross in comparison to this graceful monkey.

    September 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sassysticks53

    Scary looking monkey. It looks human in some strange way, yet peaceful.

    September 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sassysticks53

    Lol! You probably think the earth is flat and only 6,000 years old!

    September 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ednuts009

    Paul Ryan!

    September 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nailed the eyes!

      September 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mgedwards

    No way, the lesula could be Jake Gyllenhaal's long lost brother!

    September 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nyc monky

    these monkies roam the streets of ny everyday...so wheres the discovery

    September 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    lol @ Philip, with all the talk of the middle east im almost glad to hear your conspiracy theories on 9/ll! Bet you never you thought you would ever hear that from me did ya? Lmao.

    September 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mothman

    Dead ringer for wolowitz on the big bang

    September 14, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    JAKE GYLLENHAAL!!!! Seriously the first person that came to mind when I read about this cute little monkey on Yahoo. How funny that I google the monkey for more images and see Jake's face right beside it. LOL!!!!!!

    September 14, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dan a

    Gene Wilder. Willy Wonka

    September 14, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
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