wied's marmoset

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    This little fellow (and they are little--scampery, too) kept hiding behind plant bits in a somewhat darkened part of the exhibit, but I was patient and got a few shots of him, and one of them turned out non-blurry.

    This image is also on Wikipedia.


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    1. Universal Stopping Point 81 months ago | reply


      He looks old.

      ...and possibly diseased.

    2. grendelkhan 81 months ago | reply

      I thought he looked more like a kabuki player, but "diseased" works as well.

      As for old, monkeys look like little old men because humans display profound neoteny in comparison--that is, we look like juvenile monkeys. (Uncannily like juvenile monkeys.) I think it has something to do with an extended juvenile phase which goes along with our great big sapient brains, but the most visible part is that whereas we stop certain trends of looking old when we mature, most primates continue these trends into adulthood, and so end up looking like little old men.

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