“What are the tiniest monkeys in the world?”

Pygmy marmoset (Photo: Malene Thyssen)

On hearing on Go, Diego, Go! that Pygmy marmosets are the smallest monkeys in the rainforest, The Five-Year-Old asked: “What are the tiniest monkeys in the world?”

According to FactZoo, the Pygmy marmosets can claim that title too. (Although pygmy mouse lemurs and pygmy tarsiers are slightly smaller, they are considered primates, not true monkeys.)

Answering this question opened the door to a whole new world of cute on the Intertubes. The Five-Year-Old’s favorite find so far? The collection of the World’s Smallest and Cutest Animals at ItThing. But I expect that’s just because it includes a 3-pound cat.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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