Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Rafting Hypothesis

Suggestion that New World monkeys originated in Africa and migrated to South America during the Oligocene as unintended passengers on natural rafts. Although this hypothesis is most closely associated with New World monkeys, rafting hypotheses have also been proposed for the movement of primates from European Laurasia to Africa and from Africa to Madagascar.

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