RECORD: Darwin, C. R. Humboldt `Personal narrative' vol. 4: 527. CUL-DAR189.130 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker. (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe 3.2011. RN1

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Humboldt Pers. Narr. Vol 4 p. 527. Monkey's eyes rather fill with tears

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Humboldt 1819-29, vol. 4, p. 527:

The titi of the Oroonoko (simia sciurea), illdrawn hitherto, though well known in our collections, is called bititeni by the Maypure Indians. It is very common to the South of the cataracts. It's face is white; and a little spot of bluish-black covers the mouth and the point of the nose. The titis of the most elegant form, and the most beautiful colour (with hair of a golden yellow), come from the banks of the Cassiquiare. Those that are taken on the shores of the Guaviare are large and difficult to tame. No other monkey has so much the physiognomy of a child as the titi; there are the same expression of innocence, the same playful smile, the same rapidity in the transition from joy to sorrow. It's large eyes are instantly filled with tears, when it is seized with fear.

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