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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.

  • For lemurs, size of forest fragments may be more...
    on May 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Occurrence probability of three lemur species in tropical dry forest increases with fragment size but can increase or decrease with fragment isolation depending on the species, according to a new study. […]

  • Despite mutations in makona Ebola virus, disease...
    on May 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Early during the West African Ebola epidemic, scientists speculated that the genetic diversity of the Makona strain of virus (EBOV-Makona) would result in more severe disease and more transmissibility than prior strains. However scientists have determined that certain mutations stabilized early during the epidemic and did not alter Ebola disease presentation or outcome. Their work offers evidence to support previous findings that the diversity of EBOV-Makona did not significantly impact the […]

  • New breakthrough paving the way for universal...
    on May 7, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    A new collaborative study has identified and studied Ebola antibodies that could be used to design universal therapeutics that are effective against many different Ebola species. […]

  • Marmosets as the canary in the coal mine for Zika
    on May 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    New research shows small, New World monkeys called marmosets may be an important animal model for emerging viruses with the potential for harmful effects on fetuses. Establishing animal models for emerging diseases, like Zika, is necessary for the development of vaccines, therapies and diagnostics. […]

  • Antibody 'cocktail' can prevent Zika infection...
    on April 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    A 'cocktail' of monoclonal antibodies that can prevent Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in primates was not effective for treatment of fetuses, according to a new collaborative study. The team of researchers is now working on engineering the antibodies to redirect the therapies to the fetus. […]