New monkey discovered on “island” amid deforestation in Brazil

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“DNA analysis has revealed a “new” species of monkey that only survives today because its habitat is difficult to access and therefore hasn’t been converted for large-scale agriculture, reports  New Scientist.

Writing in Primate Conservation, a team of scientists analyzed the traits of a group of titi monkeys rediscovered in 2011 in the Chapada dos Parecis, a plateau in southern Rondônia and western Mato Grosso that lies in the “Arc of Deforestation”, an area where vast swathes of forest have been cleared for cattle ranching and mechanized soy farms.

They determined that the monkeys in this area are sufficiently distinct from the closely related ashy black titi to be classified as a separate species.”

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