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Azara’s Night Monkey, Aotus azarae
2014-04-15 10:35:12

Azara’s night monkey or the southern night monkey (Aotus azarae) is a species of night monkey that can be found in South and Central America. Its range includes areas Peru, Paraguay, Panama, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela. This species is thought to prefer to reside in tall forests and lowland vine forests. This species holds three subspecies, including the feline night monkey and the Bolivian night monkey, and was named after Félix de Azara, a Spanish naturalist. Azara’s...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Antonio de Ulloa was born on January 12, 1716 in Seville. Ulloa enlisted with the Spanish Navy in 1733. In 1735, he was sent to Ecuador as a member of the French Geodesic Mission. The mission, led by Pierre Bouguer, was organized by the French Academy of Sciences to measure a degree of the meridian at the equator. He stayed in Ecuador for 9 years until 1744, during this stint; he discovered platinum with his partner, Jorge Juan. In 1745, he returned to Spain. However, while enroute to...

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Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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