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What Is a Primate?
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What Is a Primate?

From the primitive lemur to the humans you know, all primates have common characteristics. Relative to our bodies our brains are large, and our eyes face forward. We also have five digits on our hands and feet.

Learn what else we have in common with apes, orangutans, monkeys, and others — as well as what sets us apart.

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Mammals: Orangutan

Mammals: Orangutan

Thanks to a live camera feed, you can watch orangutans at the San Diego Zoo. If they’re hidden, check out a video of a baby orang, look at photos, and get tons of facts on these intelligent primates who live in the treetops and often “daydream.” More...

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San Diego Zoo
Virunga Gorillas: Photo Gallery

Virunga Gorillas: Photo Gallery

About half of the world's mountain gorillas live in the Virunga mountains of central Africa. Check out photos of these apes and discover why their future is so uncertain. More...

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National Geographic
‘Talking’ with Kanzi the Bonobo

‘Talking’ with Kanzi the Bonobo

Like other apes, Kanzi can communicate using graphic symbols. But this primate learned to “speak” in the same way a child learns language. Take a look at a primatologist’s work with Kanzi. More...

Article
NOVA/PBS
About Great Apes

About Great Apes

Great apes, such as chimps and orangutans, are not the same as monkeys. Find out the differences, along with characteristics that all primates have in common. More...

Article
Center for Great Apes
Do Animals Get Depressed?

Do Animals Get Depressed?

If animals besides humans get depressed, it could help scientists learn more about treating the illness. Find out what we know — and don’t know — about this disorder in primates and other animals. More...

Article
National Geographic
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Old World Monkeys

Old World Monkeys

Old World monkeys fall into 2 main groups: the cercopithecines, which have cheek pouches, and the colobines. Explore these subfamilies and watch a video. More...

Article
Palomar College
World’s Weirdest: Proboscis Monkeys

World’s Weirdest: Proboscis Monkeys

A big nose, large stomach, and webbed feet. Watch to find out how useful those features are when a crocodile gets way too close for comfort to a proboscis monkey. More...

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National Geographic
African Primates at Home

African Primates at Home

From chirps to roars and screams to belches, primates in East Africa make a wide range of sounds. Listen to some of them here. Do they sound familiar? More...

Interactive
Indiana University
First Primates

First Primates

Primates evolved on Earth over a 10-million-year period, and the earliest ones were mouse-size. See what the fossil record reveals about our humble origins, including our connection to the tiny tree shrew. More...

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NOVA/PBS
For Most of Human History, Being an Omnivore Was No Dilemma

For Most of Human History, Being an Omnivore Was No Dilemma

Being carnivores that can eat almost anything has given primates an evolutionary advantage. Is there a downside, though? See what researchers say. More...

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NPR
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Laurie Santos: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Laurie Santos: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

This experimental psychologist's research demonstrates that, if given the opportunity for economic choices, monkeys behave like humans. Find out how, and then learn her secret photographic activity. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Neanderthals, Orangutans, Lemurs, and You: It’s a Primate Family Reunion!

Neanderthals, Orangutans, Lemurs, and You: It’s a Primate Family Reunion!

Are humans related to apes and other primates? Come to your own conclusion with this science fair project. Create a primate family tree using protein sequences. More...

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Science Buddies
Primate Factsheets: Tarsier

Primate Factsheets: Tarsier

The wee tarsier may not seem like a meat-eating predator, but it’s the only primate that's entirely carnivorous. Get more facts about its diet, habitat, range, and natural enemies. More...

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Primate Info Net
Primates

Primates

Primates range from the one-ounce pygmy house lemur to the 300-pound gorilla. Investigate in detail the traits that classify primates, including what they share and what makes them distinct. More...

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Animal Diversity Web
Reticulated Python Hunting

Reticulated Python Hunting

Nature in action: Watch and listen to the alarm cries of a group of crested black macaques as a reticulated python comes very close. More...

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ARKive
Scientist Profile: Chimpanzee Researcher

Scientist Profile: Chimpanzee Researcher

Ian Gilby likes monkeying around. He studies the hunting and meat sharing behaviors among chimpanzees in Gombe, Africa, as a way to help humans conserve the chimpanzees' natural habitats.
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Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Primate Scientist

Scientist Profile: Primate Scientist

Primatologist Lisa Parr studies whether chimpanzees recognize other chimps the same ways humans do. What will her work will tell us about human primates? More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS

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