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Introduces the key features of primates.

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Primates and features

Primates are a form of mammal that you are very familiar with - you are one yourself! As mentioned before, primates, like you and me, are mammals. This means that they are born live and drink milk from their mothers for the early stages of their lives. Primates are also different from other live forms because they are mainly omnivores, they are able to eat both meat and vegetation. NOTE: The decision to be vegetarian, vegan, or something else is solely from a person's choice. What are the five key features primates posses? How do these features help primates be "better" than other species?


Primates' have large brains compared to their body mass/size. Why would they need such large brains?

Social Relationships

Primates are social animals; they need to be around others of their kind to live. Old world monkeys usually have a large difference in size between the sexes (male and female) what is this difference called?

When mating season comes around, they usually stay with one partner and raise and protect the young together. They really hare good parents.


Humans nearly live all over the world in cities, counties, villages, and more! However, non-human primates live in the wild. You will see them most in Central and South America, Africa, and South Asia. A lot of them still live in trees but some live on both trees and land, and still some live only on land. Can you name any primates that live on both trees as well as land? Can you name any primates that live only on land?

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