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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.

  • Shift in West African wildmeat trade suggests...
    on September 18, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    New research has demonstrated a clear fluctuation in the trade of wildmeat in and around the High Niger National Park in Guinea, West Africa.

  • Tortoise hatchlings are attracted to faces from...
    on September 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Tortoises are born with a natural preference for faces, according to new research.

  • Baboon matriarchs enjoy less stress
    on September 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    You know the type: Loud. Swaggering. Pushy. The alpha male clearly runs the show. Female alphas are often less conspicuous than their puffed up male counterparts, but holding the top spot still has its perks. Now, a study of female baboons points to another upside to being No. 1. A new study of 237 female baboons in Kenya found that alphas have significantly lower levels of glucocorticoids, hormones produced in response to stress.

  • New fossil ape discovered in India
    on September 9, 2020 at 12:05 am

    A 13-million-year-old fossil unearthed in northern India comes from a newly discovered ape, the earliest known ancestor of the modern-day gibbon. The discovery fills a major void in the ape fossil record and provides important new evidence about when the ancestors of today's gibbon migrated to Asia from Africa.

  • Investigational COVID-19 vaccine candidate...
    on September 3, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    New research demonstrates that a candidate COVID-19 vaccine elicited robust immune response in Syrian golden hamsters and prevented severe clinical disease -- including weight loss, pneumonia and death.


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  • Race to rescue animals as Brazilian wetlands burn
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Wildlife guide Eduarda Fernandes steers a speedboat up the Piquiri river in western Brazil, scanning the horizon for jaguars wounded in the wildfires ripping through the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands.

  • Shift in West African wildmeat trade suggests...
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:18 am

    New research by the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has demonstrated a clear fluctuation in the trade of wildmeat in and around the High Niger National Park in Guinea, West Africa.

  • Desperate race against fires in world's biggest...
    on September 15, 2020 at 8:10 am

    The smell of burnt vegetation and the red glow of flames welcome visitors these days to the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands—a biodiverse paradise that is now partly reduced to ashes by record wildfires.

  • Primates are facing an impending extinction...
    on September 11, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    From lemurs to orangutans, tarsiers to gorillas, primates are captivating and sometimes unnervingly similar to us. So it's not surprising that this group of more than 500 species receives a great deal of research and conservation attention.

  • Why are Brazil's wetlands engulfed in flames?
    on September 11, 2020 at 8:20 am

    The Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands, is burning at record-shattering pace this year as drought-fueled fires devastate its vegetation and celebrated wildlife in an environmental catastrophe.