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Check out the fuzzy monkey that inspired the Lorax

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Researchers may have discovered the inspiration for Dr. Seuss’ Lorax character and his Truffula trees.

Primate biologists at NYU used facial recognition software to create a multidimensional map of primates in central Africa. The researchers believe that Dr. Seuss took his inspiration for the Lorax from the Patas monkey.

Patas monkey (Lorax concept)
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Source: NYU