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Who is Who Among the Primates (2) General Mammalian and Specific Primate Characteristics Mammal common ancestor- shrew-like Specific primate characteristics: Living originally in canopy of tropical forests Flexible hands and feet w/ free digits, grasping ability Tendency toward erectness Snout, sense of smell, associated brain area reduced relative to other mammals Eyes forward-directed, parallel Teeth generalized-omnivory Complex brain w/ large cerebrum- learning and problem solving Long periods of gestation and infancy Traditional Primate Taxonomy Suborder Anthropoidea, divided into two infraorders: Platyrrhini (New World monkeys) flat noses, nosrils facing outward, tails as grasping tool. Ex: howler monkey, marmosets, spider monkeys Catharrhini (Old World monkey, apes, humans) sharp noses, nostrils facing downward, divided into 2 superfamilies: Cercopithecoidea (Old world monkeys)- tail present, macaques, baboons, mandrills, rhesus monkeys Hominoidea
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2008 for the course BIO 346 taught by Professor Kalthoff during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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