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monkey : a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers; especially : any of the smaller longer-tailed catarrhine or platyrrhine primates as contrasted with the apes — Merriam-Webster   See also   OneLook


Monkeys are haplorhine (“dry-nosed”) primates, a group generally possessing tails and consisting of about 260 known living species. There are two distinct lineages of monkeys: New World Monkeys and catarrhines. Apes emerged within the catarrhines with the Old World monkeys as a sister group, so cladistically they are monkeys as well. However, traditionally apes are not considered monkeys, rendering this grouping paraphyletic. The equivalent monophyletic clade are the simians. Many monkey species are tree-dwelling (arboreal), although there are species that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons. Most species are also active during the day (diurnal). Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent, particularly Old World monkeys. — Wikipedia

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Primatology is the scientific study of primates. It is a diverse discipline at the boundary between mammalogy and anthropology, and researchers can be found in academic departments of anatomy, anthropology, biology, medicine, psychology, veterinary sciences and zoology, as well as in animal sanctuaries, biomedical research facilities, museums and zoos.[2] Primatologists study both living and extinct primates in their natural habitats and in laboratories by conducting field studies and experiments in order to understand aspects of their evolution and behavior. — Wikipedia

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Mammalogy is the study of mammals – a class of vertebrates with characteristics such as homeothermic metabolism, fur, four-chambered hearts, and complex nervous systems. Mammalogy has also been known as “mastology,” “theriology,” and “therology.” The major branches of mammalogy include natural history, taxonomy and systematics, anatomy and physiology, ethology, ecology, and management. — Wikipedia

Mammalogy (Encyclopædia Britannica)

The Science of Mammalogy (The American Society of Mammalogists)




DDC: 599.84 Callitrichid Monkeys (Library Thing)
DDC: 599.85 Cebid Monkeys (Library Thing)
DDC: 599.86 Old World Monkeys (Library Thing)

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LCC: QL 737.P9 Monkeys (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Monkeys (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QL 737.P9 Monkeys (Library of Congress)
Subject: Monkeys (Library of Congress)

Subject: Monkeys (WorldCat)




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Primatology Career Center (Primate Info Net, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center)

Careers in Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists)

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)


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Journal of Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists)
Mammalian Species (American Society of Mammalogists)
Mammal Review (The Mammal Society)

Monkeys (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
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Monkeys News -- ScienceDaily Monkeys in the news. From squirrel monkeys to baboons, read all the latest research about monkeys.

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    on June 8, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    A study finds that deficiency of taurine, a molecule produced in our bodies, drives aging, and taurine supplements can improve health and increase lifespan in animals.

  • Study finds socially tolerant monkeys have better...
    on June 8, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    Socially tolerant species are better at controlling their emotions and behaviors, according to a new study of one of humanity's closest relatives.

  • Genomes of 233 primate species sequenced
    on June 2, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Researchers from 24 countries have analyzed the genomes of 809 individuals from 233 primate species, generating the most complete catalog of genomic information about our closest relatives to date. The project provides new insights into the evolution of primates, including humans, and their diversity. In baboons, for example, hybridization and gene flow between different species occurred in the past and is still ongoing in several regions of their range. This makes baboons a good model for the […]

  • New study shows how adaptations to living in a...
    on June 1, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    For the first time ever, scientists have uncovered evidence that a species' long-term adaptation to living in an extremely cold climate has led to the evolution of social behaviours including extended care by mothers, increased infant survival and the ability to live in large complex multilevel societies.

  • Researchers show mobile elements monkeying around...
    on June 1, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Whole-genomic sequencing has revolutionized the amount and detail of genetic diversity now available to researchers to study. While the researchers previously had looked at a few hundred mobile elements or 'jumping genes,' primarily of the Alu and L1 types, they were now able to analyze over 200,000 elements computationally, confirming and expanding on previous studies. Their findings provide more evidence of the fluidity of species and continuous spread of mobile and transposable genetic […] - latest science and technology news stories internet news portal provides the latest news on science including: Physics, Nanotechnology, Life Sciences, Space Science, Earth Science, Environment, Health and Medicine.

  • Lost giants: New study reveals decline in...
    on June 8, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    A new paper focuses on the size and abundance of living and non-living large African mammals. With the use of fossil abundance data it sheds light on the ecological dynamics behind the decline of these iconic creatures. The findings challenge previous assumptions about the causes of megafaunal extinctions in Africa and provide new insights into the restructuring of ecosystems over millions of years. The research is published in the journal Science.

  • Study finds socially tolerant monkeys have better...
    on June 8, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Researchers have tested one of the ideas put forward to explain how humanity evolved to become smarter, on non-human primates.

  • Giant tree-kangaroos once lived in unexpected...
    on June 7, 2023 at 5:41 pm

    Kangaroos are an enduring symbol of Australia's uniqueness. To move, they do what no other large mammals do: they hop along on oversized hind legs. So you may be surprised to learn that some kangaroos live in trees, and are among the most endearing and threatened of all marsupials.

  • Study explains the evolutionary origins and...
    on June 6, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    Masturbation is common across the animal kingdom but is especially prevalent among primates, including humans. Historically, this behavior was considered to be either pathological or a by-product of sexual arousal, and recorded observations were too fragmented to understand its distribution, evolutionary history, or adaptive significance. New research published in Proceedings of The Royal Society B finds that, perhaps surprisingly, this behavior seems to serve an evolutionary purpose.

  • Taiwan tribe despairs as drought shrinks bamboo...
    on June 2, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Hacking at a bamboo plant with a machete, Avayi Vayayana peels back the shoot's stiff bark as he scans southern Taiwan's mountains, anxious for more of the money-making crop his Indigenous tribe increasingly struggles to find.


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