IU professor helps make shocking discovery among extinct monkey research

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – An Indiana University professor helped make a shocking discovery while researching extinct monkeys that may tell us more about human evolution.

David Polly, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, worked on the study alongside Allanah Pearson, a doctoral candidate at the Australian National University.

They concluded that the temporal lobe in old-world monkeys grew during a shift in forest coverage. This shift led to monkeys forming larger groups and led to a change in the social aspect of monkeys’ lives.

It’s opened larger questions for the future relating to human evolution, which the researchers hope to learn more about.