Squirrel monkeys find it easy to leap fearlessly from one distant branch to another, some over 130 feet high. Their secret? Human-like fingerprints that give them a better grasp.
Our quest to track primates' astonishing rise to power leads us to the Americas, the final continents to be colonized by man's closest relatives. Join us as we reveal the incredible journey a group of monkeys took to get here from Africa 35 million years ago. We then come face-to-face with some of the new branch of primates, who adapted to this environment in weird and wonderful ways, including spider monkeys, capuchins, and the king of the primates: humans.
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