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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.

  • More tolerant primates have a greater need to...
    on July 29, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Primates who are more tolerant of each other use vocal communication more than their stricter counterparts, research shows.

  • How to make up your mind when the glass seems...
    on July 29, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Neuroscientists have connected some of the dots to reveal the brain networks that give anxiety influence over decisions. The group has published a review that synthesizes results from years of brain measurements in rats and primates and relates these findings to the human brain.

  • For animal societies, cohesion comes at a cost
    on July 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    In a first for wild primates, scientists use 'Fitbit' technology on a troop of baboons to reveal the price of sticking together -- and who pays the most.

  • T cell response not critical for immune memory to...
    on July 27, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    New research conducted in monkeys reveals that T cells are not critical for the recovery of primates from acute COVID-19 infections.

  • Our genes shape our gut bacteria, new research...
    on July 8, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Researchers discovered that most bacteria in the gut microbiome are heritable after looking at more than 16,000 gut microbiome profiles collected over 14 years from a long-studied population of baboons in Kenya's Amboseli National Park. The team also found that several of the microbiome traits heritable in baboons are also heritable in humans.


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  • Punishment enforces cooperation in the fig-wasp...
    on August 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Removal of an offender's hand, tongue or ear: punishments described in Babylon's Hammurabi Code, depended on the nature of the crime. Published in 1771 B.C., the code set the first formal standards for business interactions. But scientists disagree about whether punishment is necessary to maintain mutually-beneficial interactions between animals and plants in nature. In a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute […]

  • New study shows rats can make friends
    on July 29, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Rats choose carefully who they spend time with, according to a new study published today. Published by researchers from the Universities of Portsmouth and Lincoln, the study found that male rats have preferred partners in their groups and they decide who to avoid, too.

  • Study: More tolerant primates have a greater need...
    on July 29, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Primates who are more tolerant of each other use vocal communication more than their stricter counterparts, research from the University of York shows.

  • To track elephants, scientists keep an ear to the...
    on July 14, 2021 at 8:17 am

    The "mini earthquakes" that elephants make by both walking and vocalizing are not only a way to communicate with each other but can be used to track their movements, according to a study published Wednesday.

  • Fighting COVID with COVID
    on July 6, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    What if the COVID-19 virus could be used against itself? Researchers at Penn State have designed a proof-of-concept therapeutic that may be able to do just that. The team designed a synthetic defective SARS-CoV-2 virus that is innocuous but interferes with the real virus's growth, potentially causing the extinction of both the disease-causing virus and the synthetic virus.