from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or designating the New World monkeys, distinguished from the Old World monkeys by widely separated nostrils that generally open to the side.
- adj. Having a broad flat nose.
- n. A platyrrhine monkey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a broad, flat nose
- n. Any New World monkey of the Platyrrhini
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Broad-nosed, as any American monkey; belonging to the Platyrrhini.
- In craniometry, having a flat nose; having a nasal index of from 51.1 (Frankfort agreement) or 53 (Broca) to 58.
- n. A platyrrhine monkey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or related to New World monkeys having nostrils far apart or to people with broad noses
- n. hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails
Why did an entire sub-order of monkeys, the platyrrhine monkeys, end up in South America and nowhere else?
Why put platyrrhine monkeys in South America only, and catarrhine monkeys in Africa and Asia only?
A brunette girl, brachicephalic and rather platyrrhine ....
But this agreeable sight was spoiled at once by the quite horrible words Nycticebidoe, platyrrhine, catarrhine, from which I raised my eyes to see him coming at me with two pamphlets, and scolding as he came.
The platyrrhine and catarrhine monkeys have their primitive ancestor among extinct forms of the Lemuridae.
The "evidence" showing an African origin of the platyrrhine monkeys of South America is, first, the ocean currents of that time would have facilitated a crossing from Africa to South America and not from North America (Tarling, 1982; cited in Fleagle, 1988).
The first fossil platyrrhine, Branisella boliviana was found during the late Oligocene, so it is possible that platyrrhines first came to South America during the middle Oligocene (Fleagle, 1988).
Summarily of mallow arthrography this coadjutor is sequentially a great karabiner clotheshorse for keen platyrrhine percina.
This, he argued, was a more plausible account of the origins of platyrrhine monkeys in South America (disjunct from their nearest neighbors in Africa), than the hypothesis that they crossed the ocean on hurricane-driven mats of vegetation when the two continents were closer than they are today.
Exactly the same thing has just happened with another new monkey: a Brazilian platyrrhine named the Blond capuchin Cebus quierozi Mendes Pontes & Malta, 2006 (again, the species’ authorship doesn’t match the authorship of the paper.
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