Old World Monkeys Developed Facial Features to Discourage Hybridization, Says Study

June 27, 2014 12:43 AM

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Old World Monkeys Developed Facial Features to Discourage Hybridization, Says Study

A recently published scientific study explains that the faces of Old World monkeys have evolved in order to prevent members of this species from crossbreeding. The report, which appeared this week in the academic journal Nature Communications, explains that the evolution of the monkeys’ facial feature is a direct result of the specie’s goal to “strengthen reproductive isolation between populations.” The study was undertaken by a team of researchers from two prestigious academic institutions: NYU in the United States and Exeter University in the United Kingdom.

This means that Old World monkeys specifically evolved to look different from other species that lived in the same geographical area – or at least nearby. The author of the study, James Higham, an assistant professor from the Department of Anthropology at New York University, explained the evolution...

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