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5.3: Primate Taxonomy

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  • Primates are characterized by large brains relative to other mammals, as well as an increased reliance on stereoscopic vision at the expense of smell, the dominant sensory system in most mammals. These features are more developed in monkeys and apes and noticeably less so in lorises and lemurs.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\) - Primates

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    WATCH THIS 5 MINUTE VIDEO OVERVIEW OF PRIMATES:

    Primate Locomotion

    Humans are the only primate that is habitually bipedal, but primates have a tendency towards vertical orientation. The small clingers and leapers hang upright on the trunk, the brachiators hang vertically from their arms, many prosimians jump bipedally, most apes go on two feet for a more dramatic display.

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    WATCH THESE JUMPING LEMURS: