New World Monkeys

New World Monkeys

Scientists believe primates migrated from Africa to South America sometime around 30 million years ago, probably by island hopping and/or drifting on rafts of vegetation. These primates evolved into the five families of New World monkeys native to Central and South America. They are usually distinct from Old World monkeys and apes in size, diet, and body features.

Monkeys of Suriname

There are eight monkey species in Suriname. These are: red-handed tamarins (Saguinus midas)squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus)brown capuchins (Cebus apella)wedge-capped capuchins (Cebus olivaceus)bearded saki (Chiropotes satanas)white-faced saki (Pithecia pithecia)black spider monkeys (Ateles paniscus), and Guianan red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus/macconnelli).

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