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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.
A 24-year-old female chimpanzee in Japan has a genetic disorder not observed in her species since 1969, one that looks similar to Down syndrome in humans.
The most comprehensive review of primate populations ever conducted finds that 60 percent of our closest biological relatives are threatened with extinction.
A monkey was recently seen performing sexual actions on the backs of female sika deer on Japan's Yakushima island.
You just can't unhear new recordings showing what monkey speech would sound like if a human brain were in control.
Men just don't live as long as women do, according to a new study that spans the globe and several centuries.
Monkeys using brain-computer interfaces can type out portions of "Hamlet" and the New York Times, new research shows.
Some monkeys can contract Zika virus in the womb and show signs of brain damage similar to those seen in human babies, according to a new study.
Small and furry gliding mammals called colugos are primates' close relatives, scientists have discovered
A taste for alcohol may be more widespread in the primate lineage than suspected, and is linked to genetic factors, a new study suggests.
Wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil have been using stone tools for at least 100 monkey generations, according to a new study.
A group of wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil have used stones as tools to prepare their favorite meal of cashew nuts for more than 700 years, according to a new study.