Temporal range: late Oligocene – Recent
|A chimpanzee, an example of a great ape|
- Hylobatidae, the gibbons and siamangs;
- Hominidae, consisting of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and humans.
The main difference between monkeys and apes is that monkeys almost always have tails, but hominoids never do. There are also differences in their teeth and the way they move their arms. They have a wide degree of freedom at the shoulder joint, which helps them swing by their arms in the trees (brachiation).
References[change | change source]
- Groves, Colin; Wilson D.E. and Reeder D.M. (eds) 2005. Mammal species of the world. 3rd ed, Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 178-184. ISBN 0-801-88221-4 
- Goodman M. et al (1990). "Primate evolution at the DNA level and a classification of hominoids". Journal of Molecular Evolution 30 (3): 260–266. . .
Other websites[change | change source]
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