Primates And Monkeys

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Apes and humans differ from all of the other primates in that they lack external tails. They also are more intellectual and more dependent for survival on learned behavior patterns. There are a number of internal body differences as well, such as the absence of an appendix in monkeys. The apes and humans are members of the same super family, the Hominoidea. Until the last few years, humans were separated into their own family within this super family because it was believed that we are considerably different from the apes. Nevertheless, recent genetic studies and discoveries from the fossil confirmations have made it clear that a number of of the apes are extra similar to humans than formerly believed. Subsequently, the living hominoids are now commonly classified into only two families with humans grouped with the great apes in the second family. The first is Hylobatidae, which is gibbons. And the second is Hominidae, which is humans, orangtans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos. A monkey is a primate, either an Old World monkey or a New World monkey. There are about 260 known existing species of monkey. Many are arboreal, even though there are species that live for the most part on the ground, such as baboons. Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent. Unlike apes, monkeys usually have tails. Tailless monkeys may be called "apes", incorrectly according to modern usage; thus the tailless Barbary macaque is called the "Barbary ape". As I walked around the zoo I realized that I was very interested in the African Apes exhibit. They are really fascinating to me, I like how they are from the same origin as humans but yet they still have their differences. I feel like I was not able to see the full potential of their actions because we were there right when they first opened and the animals were not yet released or not fully awake. (They must have

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