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Mummified monkey found in Minneapolis Dayton's building is now on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota

They explain how it was naturally mummified in an air duct.

Visitors of the Science Museum of Minnesota can now get an up-close look at the now-famous dead monkey that was found by construction workers at the old Dayton's and Macy's building in Minneapolis. 

The mummified "Dayton's Monkey" was found in a vent in the rafters during renovation work of the downtown Minneapolis building, and it's now on loan to the Science Museum of Minnesota, which will have it on display through Sept. 3. 

“We don’t have a lot of information about this specimen, and that makes it difficult to tell a comprehensive story about it,” the museum's Vice President of Science, Laurie Fink, said in a release. 

“Our scientists are experts in caring for specimens like this one, though, and we are pleased to be able to care for it properly and provide some scientific and historical context for people who have been following its story.”

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Museum staff believes that the small monkey is a squirrel monkey that dates back to the 1960s, which fits the bill of the most popular theory of how the monkey died in an air duct: getting loose during a weekend from an upper-floor pet store and dying after being hit by a fan blade. 

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It's believed that the warm, dry air moving through the vents allowed the monkey's body to mummify naturally. 

The monkey is on display near the entrance to the Adult Computer Education Center at the St. Paul museum.

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