Prosimian vs Anthropoid

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Prosimians vs Anthropoids
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The order Primates is divided into two suborders, Prosimians and Anthropoids The characteristics of primates are typified by the Anthropoids, the suborder to which we belong The prosimians are more primitive and don’t have all the characteristics we associate with primates
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Prosimians These are the most primitive primates (primitive = developed earliest) Do not possess all the characteristics we listed for primates Mongoose lemur (Turnbaugh et al. 1993:199) Includes Lemur, Loris/Potto, Tarsier
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Usually dog-sized or smaller Most: - are nocturnal (active at night) - have a protruding snout - naked, moist nose (like a dog’s) - have grooming claws - have no color or stereoscopic vision - bear 2-3 young at birth - have a long tail - have prehensile hands/feet, but not fully opposable thumbs Prosimians
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(Turnbaugh et al. 1993:167) Examples of prosimians 8 families and 28 genera of prosimians Note the muzzles, wet, naked nose
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O.K., we’ll talk about Anthropoids, those primates with the characteristics I listed as typical of primates
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