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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   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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Biology is the scientific study of life. Biologists study life at multiple levels of organization, from the molecular biology of a cell to the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, and evolution of populations. Biologists also study and classify the various forms of life, from prokaryotic organisms such as archaea and bacteria to eukaryotic organisms such as protists, fungi, plants, and animals. — Wikipedia




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

  • 1,700-year-old spider monkey remains discovered...
    on November 22, 2022 at 2:57 am

    The complete skeletal remains of a spider monkey -- seen as an exotic curiosity in pre-Hispanic Mexico -- grants researchers new evidence regarding social-political ties between two ancient powerhouses: Teotihuacán and Maya Indigenous rulers. The remains of other animals were also discovered, as well as thousands of Maya-style mural fragments and over 14,000 ceramic sherds from a grand feast. These pieces are more than 1,700 years old.

  • Evidence for intentional communication in female...
    on November 16, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Female putty-nosed monkeys deliberately use alarm calls to recruit males to defend the group. This is the conclusion reached by evolutionary biologists after conducting observations in the Republic of the Congo. The females kept up their chirping calls until the male took action to defend the group against the predator. Researchers say that this is the first time that intentional vocalization such as this has been observed in the animal kingdom.

  • Differences between brains of primates are small...
    on November 8, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    While the physical differences between humans and non-human primates are quite distinct, a new study reveals their brains may be remarkably similar. And yet, the smallest changes may make big differences in developmental and psychiatric disorders.

  • The unique way this virus sneaks into a cell's...
    on October 19, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    A study takes a closer look at a virus that causes tumors in monkeys called SV40. The unique way it infects a cell's nucleus could underpin its ability to cause cancer.

  • Researchers detect monkeypox virus in testes of...
    on October 17, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Scientists have detected monkeypox virus in the testes of macaques during the acute phase of infection. In addition, the researchers found preliminary evidence of persistent infection in two animals that survived challenge with the virus. Their results highlight the potential for sexual transmission of the virus in humans. - 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.

  • Locking up kids has serious mental health impacts...
    on November 18, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Note: This article contains information on violence experienced by First Nations young people in the Australian carceral system. There are mentions of racist terms, and this piece also mentions self harm, trauma and suicide.

  • Cultural heritage may influence choice of tools...
    on November 18, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.) are among only a few primates that use tools in day-to-day activities. In the Cerrado and Caatinga, they use stones as hammers and anvils to crack open cashew nuts, seed pods of Hymenaea courbaril (West Indian locust; jatobá in Brazil) and other hard foods.

  • Using monkey teeth to hone dates of human fossils
    on November 18, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Teeth from an extinct monkey species are a clue to the ages of fossils of human ancestors throughout South Africa.

  • Biologist discovers evidence for intentional...
    on November 16, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Female putty-nosed monkeys deliberately use alarm calls to recruit males to defend the group. This is the conclusion reached by Claudia Stephan, an evolutionary biologist at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), together with colleagues from the Wildlife Conservation Society after conducting observations in the Republic of the Congo.

  • Having good friendships may make for a healthier...
    on November 11, 2022 at 5:10 am

    Social connections are essential for good health and well-being in social animals, such as ourselves and other primates. There is also increasing evidence that the gut microbiome—through the so-called "gut-brain axis"—plays a key role in our physical and mental health and that bacteria can be transmitted socially, for example through touch.


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