28 Mar '17, 6pm

11 things you didn't know about monkeys

3. There's only one free-living species of wild monkey in Europe A barbary macaque rests on a ledge in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. (Photo: Anilah/Shutterstock) Nearly all of the Earth's wild monkeys are confined to just four parts of the world: New World species are found in South and Central America, while Old World species are found in Asia and Africa. There is one exception, though — the thriving population of wild Barbary macaques that roam free in the Iberian island of Gibraltar. DNA analysis shows that these macaques, which have been in Gibraltar for many centuries, originated from Northern Africa. Although these Barbary macaques are the only wild monkeys currently living in Europe, it's important to note that it wasn't always that way. Prior to the Ice Age, macaques could be found as far north as Germany and the British Isles.

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/11-things...

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