Monkey

A monkey is a long-tailed, medium-sized member of the order of Primates. The primate order also includes macaques, baboons, guenons, capuchins, marmosets, and tamarins. Monkeys today are a member of two of the three groups of simian primates, the New World monkeys and the Old World monkeys, of which there are 264 known species. Apes and chimpanzees are not scientifically classified as monkeys, a common misconception due to their physical similarities. Some distinguishing features between New World and Old World monkeys include the tail. Most New World monkeys have prehensile tails while Old World monkeys do not. The facial features of each group of monkeys also differ substantially; however, there are a number of shared features as well. Monkeys are a very diverse family of species, ranging in size from the 5-6 inch Pygmy Marmoset, to the adult male Mandrill, which can be 3 feet tall. Some monkeys spend the majority if their lives in treetops, while others call savannas and grasslands home. Most monkeys survive of a diet of fruit, leaves, nuts, berries, eggs, insects and they occasionally hunt other smaller animals.
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Exploring What Makes Cooperation Work
touch, affection, nerves, gentle
January 29th, 2015
By studying primates such as monkeys, apes and even humans, Sarah Brosnan works to understand how cooperation has evolved across time.
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Male Sexual Aggression: What Chimps Can Reveal About People
aggressive male chimp
November 13th, 2014
Male chimpanzees who are meaner to females tend to sire more offspring, which could have implications for the roots of gender violence in humans.
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Monkey Mustaches and Beards Help Algorithm Recognize Faces
guenon monkey
February 3rd, 2015
Colorful monkeys called guenons sport moustaches, nose spots and ear tufts that make it easy to distinguish between different species of guenons. But to the average passers-by, monkeys of the same species might look strikingly similar.
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African Golden Cat Attacks Monkeys in Rare Camera Trap Footage
african golden cat
January 28th, 2015
An African golden cat was caught on camera hunting a group of red colobus monkeys in Uganda.
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Why Chimps Haven't Evolved Culture Like Humans
Chimpanzee Family
November 12th, 2014
Chimpanzee culture is not nearly as developed as human culture, and a new study suggests that the reason is not cognitive capability, but motivation to learn.
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Ape See, Ape Do: Chimps Learn Skills from Each Other
Sonso Chimpanzee Behavior
September 30th, 2014
Scientists may have recorded chimpanzees learning skills from each other in the wild for the first time, according to a new study.
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Why Do Human Children Stay So Small for So Long?
development, baby, gorilla, human
December 1st, 2014
Clues can be found in the young human brain’s need for energy.
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US-Funded Research a Waste? Scientists Refute ‘Wastebook’ Criticism
Science Laboratory
October 24th, 2014
An annual report by Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn takes liberties with the truth when criticizing federally funded research, scientists say. The senator misrepresents and oversimplifies these studies in his annual 'Wastebook.'
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