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 […]

Primate news of the Week

Smell help primates flee parasites Via Science Advances Summary: Researchers from CNRS have found mandrills use  smell in order to avoid intestinal protozoans that were located within infected members of the group. This shows parasites changing/shaping social behavior. This was based upon Mandrills located in Southern Gabon part of the Mandrillus project. Read more via […]

Primate of the Week: Bonobos

Pan paniscus   Taxonomy Suborder: Haplorrhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Superfamily: Hominoidea Family: Hominidae Bonobos are apes that are close relatives to chimps, they are both part of the Pan genus. Bonobos are more gracile and slender compared to Chimpanzees. Males are larger than females, males weigh on average 86 pounds (36 kg) and females weigh 68.3 […]

What is a monkey?

Monkeys are taxonomically split into two separate groups Old world monkeys New world monkeys New world monkey are part of the Platyrrhini infraorder while Old world monkeys re part of the Cercopithecoidea family. New world monkey characteristics All located in the new world (ie North America, and South America ) Arboreal All have tails Some […]

What is an Ape?

Apes and monkeys are often used interchangeably must to the despair of many primatologists. Apes and monkeys are both part of the Anthropoidea suborder, however they are in separate superfamilies and have several feature that separate them from monkeys Main characteristics separating Apes and monkeys Large body size Apes can be split into greater and […]

Primate News of the Week

Orangutan’s Vocal Feats Hint at Deeper Roots of Human Speech Summary: Work with a captive orangutan at the Indianapolis, Zoos have helped to understand the first utterance of words by early humans. Rocky is 12 years old that has the ability to learn new vocal sounds, matching the pitch made by humans This research has […]