Primate News of the Week

Bonobos may be better representation of last common ancestor with humans than chimps Source: George Washington University Summary: Through the study of the muscular system bonobos suggest a closers link to human ancestors than chimpanzees. Modern humans and common chimpanzees/bonobos split 8 million years ago and chimpanzees and bonobos split 2 million yeas ago. During […]

Primate of the week: Greater Bamboo Lemur

Prolemur Simus Taxonomy Suborder: Strepsirrhini Infraorder: Lemuriformes Superfamily: Lemuroidea Family: Lemuridae Greater bamboo lemurs are the largest bamboo lemur. It has a short and broad muzzle (Groves, 2001). They have a reddish gray brown back and tail and an olive brown head, neck and arms. Their stomachs are cream colored with a rusty brown pygal […]

Primate of the week: Common marmosets

Callithrix jacchus   Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Family: Cebidae Subfamily: Callitrichinae Common marmosets are new world monkeys. They have brown, grey, and yellow color along with white eat tufts and a long banded tails (Rowe, 1996). They have pale skin no their faces and white on their forehead (Groves, 2001). Infants are brown and […]

What is a prosimian?

Prosimians are one of the two suborders of Primates. General characteristics of Prosimians Small bodies All smaller than 10 kg Many are solitary Chemical communication via scent marking or through olfactory communication Toothcomb Modified incisors and canines Grooming claw on 2nd toe Tend to be nocturnal Tapetum lucidum Location Old world Examples of prosimians Lemurs […]

Primate of the Week: Rhesus macaque

Macaca mulatta   Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Superfamily: Cercopithecoidea Family: Cercopithecidae Subfamily: Cercopithecinae Rhesus macaques are old world monkeys. They have reddish pink faces with brown to auburn fur. Their rumps are reddish pink and they have medium length tails. Males and females are sexual dimorphic. Males on average weigh 17 pounds (7.7 kg) […]

What is a primate?

 Taxonomy Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: PRIMATE General characteristics Large brain relative to body size Binocular vision or Stereoscopic vision Nails instead of claws Opposable thumbs Divergent big toe Dermatoglyphs or fingerprints Clavicle Post orbital bar Suborders of Primates Prosimians: Lemurs, Lorises, Pottos, Galagos, Tarsiers Anthropoids: Monkeys, Apes, Humans  

Primate Dispersal

Dispersal refers to when an individual migrates out of its natal group. This is the opposite of philopatry, which refers to when an individual remains in their natal group. (Greenwood, 1980; Pusey, 1987). Dispersal, within mammals, is often male biased and philopatry within mammals are most often female biased (Greenwood, 1980; Pusey, 1987; Lawson Handley […]