Common questions

Are monkeys and apes the same species?

Are monkeys and apes the same species?

Monkeys and apes are both primates, which means they’re both part of the human family tree. As distinguished relatives, we should probably be able to tell them apart. Apes are generally more intelligent than monkeys, and most species of apes exhibit some use of tools.

How are monkeys different from lemurs?

They also have hairy, pointed ears and long tails. The most commonly known species of lemur is ring-tailed lemur which has distinct black and white ring markings on the tail….Lemur:

Monkey Lemur
Monkeys are generally found all over the world. Lemurs are found in the island of Madagascar, Africa.

What are the 4 species of apes?

There are four types of Great Apes – the orang-utans, gorillas, chimpanzees and humans.

Why is a lemur not a monkey?

The answer is- No. Lemurs and monkeys are both primates (and humans as well) but lemurs are not monkeys. They were both developed from a common ancestor. All species of lemur exist only on the island of Madagascar and are not closely related to haploorhine (or dry nose) primates, including monkeys.

Are there any monkeys that are not apes?

At the top of the chart in white are primate species that are neither apes nor monkeys, namely galagos, lorises, and lemurs: Whilst all monkeys and apes are primates (and part of the same Primate suborder), there are lots of differences between them. Let’s explore these differences between apes and monkeys now:

What kind of animal is a prosimian monkey?

The name prosimian means pre-monkey. The living prosimians are placed in the suborder Prosimii, which includes four families of lemurs, (the Lemuridae, the Cheirogaleidae, the Indriidae, and the Daubentoniidae), the bush babies, lorises and pottos (family Lorisidae), and the tarsiers (family Tarsiidae).

What’s the difference between a chimpanzee and a monkey?

Chimpanzee (left) is an ape with no tail vs a spider monkey with a long tail. Monkeys diverged from the human evolutionary line long before apes, meaning apes have a body shape and skeleton much closer to humans than monkeys do. (To this point, apes have an appendix whilst monkeys do not.)

How are tree shrews different from monkeys and apes?

Some authorities also include the tree shrews, though others separate the treeshrews into an order of their own. Prosimian are primarily tree-dwellers. They have a longer snout than the monkeys and apes, and the prosimian snout usually ends in a moist nose, indicating a well-developed sense of smell.

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