A team composed of Peruvian and American scientists found the remains of an 18-million-year-old monkey, the size of a hamster.
This would be one of the smallest monkeys that ever existed and it was found in the Peruvian Amazon jungle.
“The find helps bridge a 15-million-year gap in the fossil record for New World monkeys”, The Weather Network said, adding that this fossil now belongs to a new species of monkey.
The fossil was discovered attached to an exposed riverbank along the Río Alto in Madre de Dios.
“Researchers sifted through some 2,000 pounds of sediment that contained hundreds of fossils of several small animal species before finding the sole monkey tooth”, the aforementioned website revealed.
Richard Kay, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke, said that one type of monkey alive today that is slightly smaller to this finding is the pygmy marmoset.
Cover Photo Ruben van Kuik.