Primates in motion


Lemurs are of course known for their unusually “leaping” behavior and fondness for licking rabbits.

This slow loris named Kinako is kept as a pet. Keeping primates as pets is usually a bad idea, I don’t recommend it.

Everybody loves the tarsier! These things are crazy!

New world monkeys

Howler monkeys are loud as hell. I’ve you’ve ever vacationed in Central America and have heard one, you’ll never forget it.

The Golden Lion Tamarin is among the smallest New World monkeys.

Squirrel monkeys have incredibly long prehensile tails

Old world monkeys

As we get into Baboons, a terrestrial monkey, we get examples of increasingly complex social behaviors. In particular they’re known for being extremely violent and aggressive.

The langur monkeys of India live close together with humans where they are basically pests.

Lesser apes

Siamangs and gibbons move by bracciation, swinging from branch to branch with their long arms.

Great apes

Orangutangs are known as loners, usually only mothers and their children stay together.

Gorillas are terrestrial and, yes, very large! However they are vegetarians.

Chimpanzees hunt in packs, usually they prey upon monkeys. One of the most hotly contested topics in human evolution is the role of hunting and meat eating in the development of large brains.


About Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a project cataloger at The Mariners' Museum library. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and was formerly a professor at ODU. You can find him on Twitter @m4ttTh0mps0n.
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