PRIMATES

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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The Ultimate Do Japanese Monkeys Season Their Food Quiz

Do Japanese monkeys season their food? This is not just a question of monkey etiquette. Take this quiz to learn more about why Japanese monkeys eat the way they do.

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  • Amazing Animals: Primate Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Primate Quiz

    Monkeys, apes and humans make up the primate animal grouping. Here is where we find our closest genetic relatives that exhibit familiar behaviors, including cultural practices, tool use and language acquisition. What separates primates from lower order animals is and what binds us together? Quit monkeying around and take the primate quiz to find out! See more »

  • Are chimpanzees evolving in the wild?

    Are chimpanzees evolving in the wild?

    Until now, no one has documented a definite case of chimpanzees using tools to hunt in the traditional sense. Find out what a new study on chimpanzees may reveal about human evolution. See more »

  • Are orangutans introverts?

    Are orangutans introverts?

    Orangutans might be the most low-key of the world's apes, but that doesn't mean they don't like to socialize. So are these redheads miscast as loners, or are orangutans introverts? See more »

  • Can chimpanzees learn human language?

    Can chimpanzees learn human language?

    So far, "Planet of the Apes" is pure fiction. But are chimps capable of learning human language (and eventually taking over the world)? See more »

  • Do Japanese monkeys season their food?

    Do Japanese monkeys season their food?

    Animals may not have access to spice racks, but does that mean they don't enjoy flavorful meals? Have Japanese monkeys discovered the joy of cooking, or is this a culinary myth? See more »

  • Is there a difference between monkeys and apes?

    Is there a difference between monkeys and apes?

    Monkeys and apes have lots of similarities, but they're not the same animal. In a lot of ways, it all comes down to the tail. See more »

  • What happens to chimps used in medical research?

    What happens to chimps used in medical research?

    Their genetic similarity to humans makes chimps great subjects for medical research. But some countries are banning this research because these apelike similarities are a little too close for comfort. See more »

  • Why do gorillas build new nests every night?

    Why do gorillas build new nests every night?

    Besides our genetic similarities, gorillas also share our love of getting a good night's sleep -- except that their alarm clocks come in the form of dangerous predators and poachers. See more »

  • Why do humans walk on two legs?

    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. See more »

  • Why do lemurs live only in Madagascar?

    Why do lemurs live only in Madagascar?

    A long, long time ago, lemurs lived all over the world. But something happened to kill them off -- everywhere except in Madagascar. How did the island protect them from extinction? See more »

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