The monkeys that sailed across the Atlantic to South America


“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” That much everybody knows for sure.

Earlier transatlantic travellers may have beaten him to it, of course: the Vikings almost certainly made the crossing, and there are claims that the Egyptians and all manner of other groups did too. But if most of these pre-Columbian ocean voyages sound outlandish and unlikely, they are nothing compared to a transatlantic journey that appears to have taken place about 40 million years ago.

Midway through the Eocene, a crew of monkeys sailed the ocean, er, green.

The full article can be viewed here.


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