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New Publication: A new identification of the monkeys depicted in a Bronze Age wall painting from Akrotiri, Thera

A new identification of the monkeys depicted in a Bronze Age wall painting from Akrotiri, Thera

Marie Nicole Pareja · Tracie McKinney · Jessica A. Mayhew · Joanna M. Setchell  · Stephen D. Nash  · Ray Heaton

Director of the PBE Program, Dr. Jessica Mayhew, has a new publication out in the journal Primates: "A new identification of the monkeys depicted in a Bronze Age wall painting from Akrotiri, Thera". The authors identified a depiction of a monkey on an Aegean style wall painting and determined a new source of monkey iconography. Importantly, this paper emphasizes the need for collaborative approaches between disciplines in order "to answer both new and previously unanswerable questions." This collaborative group of scholars included a team of primatologists (Dr. Mayhew), a taxonomic illustrator, and an art historian/archaeologist. Thanks to their integrative approach they "identifed species-indicative visual characteristics" of the depicted monkey, thought to be either gray or Hanuman langurs (Semnopithecus sp.). Congratulations to Dr. Mayhew and her co-authors! 

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