A never-before-contacted tribe in Brazil's Amazon voluntarily emerged from the forest and approached scientists, according to an announcement from the country's Indian affairs dapartment (FUNAI).
Science Now reported that on June 29, the group of Brazilian scientists had made the first official contact with an isolated tribe in 18 years.
It wasn't an accident that the scientists were in the area, the Science Now article said. "The event -- Brazil's first official contact with an isolated tribe since 1996 -- was not entirely unexpected. Since early June, fearful villagers in the region had radioed Brazilian authorities at least twice about a group of some 35 tribal strangers who were raiding their crops and trying to make off with machetes and other tools," it said.
FUNAI quickly sent experts to the Upper Envira River region in case the indigenous tribe wanted to make contact.
According to Science Now, there are at least 70 isolated tribes in the Brazilian Amazon, and many more in the broader rainforest. Most have already made some sort of contact with the outside world, mainly through rubber harvesters and mahogany loggers.