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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 — Webster

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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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Monkeys News -- ScienceDaily Monkeys in the news. From squirrel monkeys to baboons, read all the latest research about monkeys.

  • What keeps couples together
    on January 15, 2020 at 3:44 am

    In mammals, pair bonds are very rare, one of the few exceptions being red titi monkeys. Researchers have now investigated how pair relationships work in titi monkeys. Their results support the 'male-services hypothesis': Males provide a useful service by taking more care of the offspring and defending the territory against intruders, while females are more involved in relationship management and, for example, seek the proximity of their partner more often.

  • Deforestation is changing animal communication
    on January 9, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study. This study offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviors in response to different types of forest edge areas.

  • Single dose of antibodies can knock out HIV in...
    on January 7, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    A single dose of an antibody-based treatment can prevent HIV transmission from mother to baby, new nonhuman primate research suggests for the first time. This is the first time a single dose of broadly neutralizing antibodies given after viral exposure has been found to prevent infection in nonhuman primate newborns.

  • Climate change and deforestation could decimate...
    on January 2, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    A study has found that, left unchecked, the combined effects of deforestation and human-induced climate change could eliminate Madagascar's entire eastern rainforest habitat by 2070, impacting thousands of plants, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that are endemic to the island nation.

  • Climate change not the only threat to vulnerable...
    on December 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Though climate change is becoming one of the greatest threats to the Earth's already stressed ecosystems, it may not be the most severe threat today for all species, say authors of a new report on the effects of deforestation on two lemur species in Madagascar.


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  • Study traces evolution of acoustic communication
    on January 17, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Imagine taking a hike through a forest or a stroll through a zoo and not a sound fills the air, other than the occasional chirp from a cricket. No birds singing, no tigers roaring, no monkeys chattering, and no human voices, either. Acoustic communication among vertebrate animals is such a familiar experience that it seems impossible to imagine a world shrouded in silence.

  • Solving the Greek monkey mystery gave us an...
    on January 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    The blue monkeys painted on the walls of Akrotiri on the Greek island of Santorini are among many animals found in the frescoes of this 3,600-year-old city. Historians have studied the murals for decades since they were unearthed in the 1960s and 1970s on the island, which was once known as Thera. But when we and a team of other primatologists recently examined the paintings, we realized the monkeys could provide a clue that the Bronze Age world was much more globalized than previously thought.

  • What keeps couples together
    on January 15, 2020 at 12:00 am

    In mammals, pair bonds are very rare, one of the few exceptions being the red titi monkeys of South America. These relatively small tree dwellers live in pairs or small family groups and are characterized by the fact that the males take intensive care of their offspring. A team of researchers from the German Primate Center—Leibniz Institute for Primate Research has now investigated how pair relationships work in titi monkeys. Their results support the so-called "male-services hypothesis": […]

  • As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes...
    on January 9, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton's house and killed 85 people in her community.

  • Study finds deforestation is changing animal...
    on January 9, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.