A primate is a monkey, ape, human, or other similar mammal. You've probably visited the primate house at the zoo.
Pronunciation: /ˈpraɪ.meɪt/ /ˈpraɪ.mət/
When you see the word primate, you probably think of monkeys. A monkey is just one example of a primate, though — lemurs are primates too, and so are gibbons, and even people. The things we all have in common are large brains, opposable thumbs, bendy toes, and good eyesight.
Origin: The Latin word primas, or "first," is the root of primate, which scientists sometimes call "the highest order of mammals."
Short description: a member of the group of mammals that includes humans, monkeys, and apes.
- Up to seven species lived in this lush, wet place, and previous research identified a partial primate skeleton that was once a crocodile’s meal.
- It says deforestation has dramatically shrunk the primate’s habitat.
- Primate keepers now studiously avoid what they call “pet tricks” that do little more than mimic human behavior.
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