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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Are Chimps Entitled to Human Rights? NY Court to Decide
April 23rd, 2015
Next month, the New York State Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether two research chimpanzees, named Hercules and Leo, should be considered persons, not property, entitled to the same rights as humans.
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Why Jane Goodall Believes in Bigfoot (Video)
jane goodall biography, chimpanzees
March 28th, 2015
Without any scientific training, Jane Goodall traveled to Africa at 23 — the rest, is science history.
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Post Chimp Work, Jane Goodall's Passion for Conservation Still Going Strong
jane goodall biography, chimpanzees
April 17th, 2015
Jane Goodall, the British primatologist who gained worldwide fame for her studies of wild chimpanzees in East Africa, greeted a packed audience here at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night (April 15) with a series of apelike howls.
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Hear That? Orangutans Use Hands to Amplify Calls
orangutans in tree
March 18th, 2015
When danger nears, orangutans warn their group with alarm calls, and new research shows that the animals sometimes cup their hands around their muzzles, making these calls louder and deeper.
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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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1st Photo of Rare Monkey Proves It's Not Extinct
colombus monkey
April 16th, 2015
The long-vanished Bouvier's red colobus monkey has been spotted again in a remote Congo forest.
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