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Extinction mystery solved? Evidence suggests humans played a role in monkey’s demise in Jamaica

Radiocarbon dating of a fossilized leg bone from a Jamaican monkey called Xenothrix mcgregori suggests it may be the one of the most recent primate species anywhere in the world to become extinct, and it may solve a long-standing mystery about the cause of its demise. The short answer: human settlement of its island home.

An artist’s sketch of the monkey Callicebus donacophilus, a living species closely related to 
X. mcgregori…

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