Primates And Evolution Of Primates

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Primates and Evolution

Primates are animals and to be precise mammals. Primates have a very diverse group and this

means that not all species share the same suit of traits. They have various characteristics such as

hands that can grasp things, large brains, and a high degree of learned rather than innate

behavior, and other numerous traits. Humans are also considered to be primates. The order

Primate is divided into two main suborders and these are the Strepsirhini and Haplorhini.

Strepsirhni includes primates such as lemurs, lorises, and galagoes. On the other hand,

Haplorhini include primates like monkeys, tarsiers, apes, and humans.

The Social Behavior and Structure of Primates

Humans are products of the same evolutionary forces that have produced other species and they

can be expected to exhibit the same behavioral patterns seen in other primates. Even though most

aspects of cultural and social life are uniquely human, the same has been found to be happening

to other non-human primates. The only difference between human and non-human primates is

that humans have increased brain size as well as learning capacities and this makes them express

many characteristics to a greater degree and culture as well as social life is one of those

characteristics. Cultural and social behavior is not learned and not genetically acquired or

determined even though sometimes it the capacity to learn something is genetically

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