Xenothrix mcgregori   (Williams & Koopman)


 
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Jamaican Monkey
(Xenothrix mcgregori)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Jamaica

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: after 1725 (?)

 
Based on bone remains, most of them sculls, this monkey species was scientifically described in the year 1952.

From the rest of the bone remains a bodyweight of about 2 or 4 kg in life was estimated. Furthermore it is now assumed that this animal may have been a quite clumsy species with a rather leisure style of life.

There are some contemporaneous accounts from the years 1705 and 1725 about the fauna of Jamaica which also mention, among other animals, monkeys. It is therefore absolutly possible that this species may have still existet at that time.

 
References:

- R. D. E. MacPhee; C. A. Woods: A new fossil cebine from Hispaniola. Am J Phys. Anthropol. 58: 419436. 1981