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How humans lost their tails — and why the discovery took 2.5 years to publish

A young Geoffroy's spider monkey, also known as the black-handed spider monkey.

Primates with tails lack a certain DNA insertion in a gene called TBXT. Credit: Mark Newman/Getty

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Nature 627, 15-16 (2024)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-024-00610-x

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  2. Xia, B. et al. Preprint at bioRxiv https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.09.14.460388 (2021).

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