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2) The majority of primate species live in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Those found in the Americas are called New World monkeys. The Old World monkeys, along with all the prosimians and apes, are found in Africa and Asia, and on islands near those continents. World Map -- Primate Habitats (Areas in red indicate current non-human primate habitats.)
Notes: World Map -- Primate Habitats (Areas in red indicate current non-human primate habitats.)
Question: Why is this part of the map called the New (Old) World?
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