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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mini-Monkey Lives On

BEIJING -- A tiny Chinese monkey the size of a mouse and long thought to be extinct has been discovered in the Wuyi Mountains of east China's Fujian Province, the Xinhua news agency said.

The monkey weighs only 200 grams, has all the features of a monkey and is highly intelligent, it said.

Chinese scholars of old, including 12th-century philosopher Zhu Xi of the Song dynasty, kept the tiny monkeys as pets, training them to prepare ink, pass brushes and turn pages, Xinhua said.

The news agency gave no details of the species and did not specify how many of the miniature monkeys had been found.