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Monkey figurine, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1970s

This dancing tin monkey from Mexico has a long tail which can grip objects (just like in real life). Only monkeys from the Americas have tails that can do this. Monkeys from Africa and Asia also have tails, but they can’t use them to pick up objects. Monkeys from the Americas also have four more teeth than monkeys from Africa and Asia, who have 32 like humans.

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