Taxonomy and the Tiny Monkeys
As the discoverer of the tiny monkeys I have tried my best to be rational and scientific in my observations. An aspiration obviously as sometimes I get caught up in the excitement.
It was the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s death recently. I wondered: WWDD? Well, he might start with thinking about taxonomy. Where do the tiny monkeys fit into the grand scheme of things?
Being native to Texas, they must be new world monkeys. Since all the other New World Monkeys live in Central and South America I decided the tiny monkeys must be an entirely new species.
Pending approval I think the tiny monkeys can even be classed as an entirely new family. I base this on their unique body structures — note the floppy, soggy Bert arms.
I hope the scientific community will agree to called them: Exupidae.
Infraorder Platyrrhini (New World Monkeys)
What about race? Is further classification necessary?
On the surface the tiny monkeys all look amazingly similar with very slight differences in fur color, face shapes and eye placement. I started to wonder if it were possible that the tiny monkeys could be divided along racial lines.
IMAGINE my SURPRISE when I discovered that RACE is a MYTH. The American Anthropological Association has been trying for decades to debunk this most pervasive and hurtful idea. While it makes sense to discuss ethnicity (learned and shared behaviors) there is no scientific evidence for the existence of races among humans.
Please see the AAA Statement on ‘Race” here. I assume what is true for humans probably applies to monkeys as well.