Genetic research reveals that wild African monkeys of a locally famous colony are the descendants of escapees from a private zoo that shut down in 1956.
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.
Adding speed bumps to a road in a national park in Zanzibar has reduced the number of collisions between cars and one of Africa's rarest primates.
Humans did not evolve from apes, gorillas or chimps. We share a common ancestor and have followed different evolutionary paths.
A juvenile macaque from the new group started grooming the injured monkey, then adults followed suit.
Mysterious "ghost apes" may have interbred with the great apes known as bonobos just as modern humans repeatedly had sex with now-extinct human lineages.
You may give them little thought beyond when to trim them or which nail color to apply. But the humble nail laid the groundwork for our evolution into the humans we are today.
The extinct Jamaican monkey X. mcgregori mcgregori acted like a sloth and had hardly any teeth. It may have been a seafaring hero.
The remains of the smallest ape ever known to walk the Earth may have been discovered in the hills of Kenya, scientists say.
In 1988, a wild great ape charged a researcher. Now, she's working to save these majestic animals from poachers and land loss.
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