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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 Slow Loris Is a Cuddly-looking Primate With a Toxic Bite

When threatened, the slow loris licks venom secreted from a gland under its arm. Licked and loaded, the loris is ready to poison an attacker with a bite.

Langurs Are Primates That Love to Monkey Around

There are over 60 species of langur in the world, all of which eat a plant-based diet and most of which burp a lot.

Spider Monkeys Are the Trapeze Artists of the Treetops

Spider monkeys, an endangered species, are the largest monkeys in the Americas and live in the forest canopy, where they swing through the trees with the greatest of ease.

9 Big Hairy Facts About Gorillas

Gorillas can live to be about 35 to 40 years old and are much gentler (and much sleepier) than you might think.

Baboons: The Monkeys With the Scarlet Booties

Those red butts on baboons do serve a purpose, sort of, but it's probably not quite what you think.

Orangutan Jungle School: Teaching Orangutans How to Be Orangutans

Orphaned Bornean orangutans need all the help they can get — the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation steps in to teach them the art of survival.

6 Reasons Monkeys Should Never Be Pets

It may seem like just the cutest thing in the world to you, but owning a pet monkey is a really bad idea. Here's why.

Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys Share Nursing of Young

A group of researchers in Shennongjia National Nature Reserve discovered that these female monkeys are essentially happy to feed each other's offspring.

Your Bed Has More Poop Than a Chimp's

Think your bed is cleaner than a chimp's? Researchers at North Carolina State University set out to find the answer.

A Smart Lemur Is a Popular Lemur

It pays to be brainy when you're a ring-tailed lemur.

5 Chimps Who Grew Up in Human Families

Some people mistakenly believe that if chimps are socialized from an early age, they're not a threat to humans. But these five families found out the hard way that chimps will always be chimps.

Orangutans Can Nurse for 20 Percent of Their Lives

We've learned that young orangutans nurse for much longer than any other mammal, knowledge which could help conservation efforts.

Wild Lemurs Get Their Own Facial Recognition Software

Scientists hope to eliminate need for tagging, extend system to other wild animals.

Monkeys Have the Anatomy for 'Human' Speech, But Not the Brains

Turns out the reboot of 'Planet of the Apes' got one thing right — it's the brains monkeys lack, not the anatomy.

'Cool Girl' Female Macaques Get More Grooming Than Less-popular Ladymonkeys

The most popular lady macaques show us why nitpicking pays off.

Watch Newborn Monkeys Smile in Their Sleep Just Like Human Babies

We do it. Chimps do it. A new study out of Japan investigates just how far back on the evolutionary ladder this totally adorable behavior goes.

New Study: Monkeys Can Drive Robotic Wheelchairs Using Thought Control

Researchers developed technology that allows monkeys to maneuver around in robotic wheelchairs, using only their thoughts to navigate. That has implications for humanity.

There's a River Full of Monkeys in Florida — And Not in a Theme Park

Feral monkeys have roamed Silver Springs State Park in Florida since the 1930s.

Anatomy of an Orangutan Murder

"The Jinx." "Making a Murderer." And now, orangutans? Why this female-on-female ape killing took researchers by surprise — and reads like a human true-crime drama.

Should We Worry About Apes Learning to Use Handguns?

Pop culture has depicted chimps and other primates as both gun-wielding villains and saviors, but should humans be concerned about the possibility of armed apes?

Are monkeys superstitious?

Monkeys share a lot in common with us, but are they just as superstitious? We know that have the ability to gamble, but is it deeper than just a game to them.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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