What are primates? Gives some examples of members that belong to the primate group. Do marsupials belong to the primate group?
Humans are primates.
Primates are a category of mammal and are most prominently represented by apes and monkeys. Like all mammals, primates are warm-blooded, give birth to live young and nurse them, and have body hair. What distinguishes them is largely the series of physical adaptations they have undergone to adapt to an arboreal (tree-based) lifestyle. Not all primates are arboreal, but they all share these adaptive traits:
- Living in and moving through trees requires a greater degree of body coordination and physical agility than many other mammals possess. This has led to primates having relatively large...
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