Half the planet's primates are threatened with extinction, bleated the Britpress as one today. Habitat loss due to peasants cutting down forests is mainly to blame, says a report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and 'other conservation and research groups'.
Oooh! No agenda there, fershur. Just the same dispassionate science that gave us man-made global warming. Since habitat destruction has been going on for a long time, we must have lost quite a few already. Right?
Wrong. Of the 4,428 known mammal species (Red List 2004), only three mammals (no primates) have gone extinct in the last 500 years: the Bluebuck in South Africa, the Algerian gazelle, and the much-missed Omilteme cottontail rabbit in Mexico. All hunted to extinction.
The only primate threatened with extinction is the sapiens bit of Homo sapiens.