Primate News of the Week

Researchers argue publicly on how well monkeys could talk if their brains were able Source: Science Advances Summary: Two researchers attempting to understand why monkeys cannot speak have publicly argued in the journal science reports. These arguments stemmed from from research by Philip Lieberman several years ago in which he suggested that monkeys could not […]

Primate of the Week: Diademed sifaka

Propithecus diadema Taxonomy Suborder: Strepsirrhini Infraorder: Lemuriformes Superfamily: Lemuroidea Family: Indriidae Diademed sifaka like most sifakas have long legs and tail that use for vertical clinging and leaping (Demes et al., 1996; Mittermeier et al., 2006). Diademed sifakas has shorter tail than head and body together. They are the largest sifaka and characterized by their […]

Primate of the Week: Red Howler Monkeys

Alouatta seniculus Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Family: Atelidae Subfamily: Alouattinae Red howler monkeys are new world monkeys and part of the Atelinae subfamily (Di Fiore & Campbell, 2007). These species tend to sexual dimorphism but this also depends on the population being studied. Males tend to weight 6 to 7.6 kg while females tend […]

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 […]