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Primates are placental mammals that include gorillas, monkeys and chimpanzees, as well as humans. Other than humans, primates are found mostly in Central and South America, Africa, and South Asia.

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Why do humans walk on two legs?

Did you know you conserve energy every time you walk across a room? You do, in evolutionary terms at least. Find out how and why humans began walking upright and what this has to do with our body's energy use.


Are monkeys superstitious?

 Are monkeys superstitious?

Monkeys share a lot in common with us, but are they just as superstitious? Learn more about superstitious monkeys at HowStuffWorks. See more »

 Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari has a distinctive red face. Learn more about the bald uakari at HowStuffWorks. See more »

 Cotton-Top Tamarin

Cotton-Top Tamarin is a cool creature. Learn more about the cotton-top tamarin at HowStuffWorks. See more »

 Mandrill

The mandrill is a primate closely related to the baboons. Learn more about the mandrill at HowStuffWorks. See more »

 Gelada Baboon

Gelada Baboon is a primate primarily found in Ethiopia. Learn more about the Gelada Baboon. See more »

Why do lemurs live only in Madagascar?

 Why do lemurs live only in Madagascar?

Lemurs live in Madagascar -- and no other place on Earth. But long ago, they thrived all over the planet. Learn why lemurs live only in Madagascar. See more »

Why do gorillas build new nests every night?

 Why do gorillas build new nests every night?

Gorilla nests are the temporary 'beds' these apes build every night to sleep in. Learn why scientists use gorilla nests to track the species. See more »

Are orangutans introverts?

 Are orangutans introverts?

The behavior of orangutan introverts stem from their need to find food. Learn why orangutan introverts are more solitary than their fellow apes. See more »

What happens to chimps used in medical research?

 What happens to chimps used in medical research?

Chimpanzee research dates back to the 1920s with Robert Yerkes. Learn what happens in chimpanzee research and why some countries ban the practice. See more »

Can chimpanzees learn human language?

 Can chimpanzees learn human language?

Can chimpanzees learn language or do they not possess the right genetic code? Learn how chimpanzees learn language by imitating humans. See more »