Damarion Thomas Period.2 5/16/16


Monkeys are found throughout the tropics of Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. They are not native to North America, Europe, or Australia, however. A few species of monkeys, such as the rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) of northern China and the Japanese macaque (M. fuscata), occupy temperate habitats. Most monkeys are arboreal forest dwellers, but some of the Old World species are terrestrial and occupy open areas such as savannah grassland.

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Monkeys swing from tree to tree to get to there destinations. it is easy for them to swing and climb trees and vines because they have four hands. this gives them the ability to travel with ease. but baby monkeys are not as balanced as the grown up they slip and fall like any other species.

Body Covering

Monkeys body's are covered with fur, it depends on the species to determine its color. Also they do not change color in there entire life span. All Types of monkeys are vertebrates. most monkeys have hair, the most common color of hair on a monkey is a brownish/blackish color.
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The diet of most monkeys is based primarily on plant foods, such as fruits, flowers, and seeds. Some monkeys, such as the colobines and the howlers, have specialized digestive tracts that are adapted for digesting leaves. Other species include insects, eggs, and small vertebrates in their diets.

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Reproduction is nonseasonal in both Old World and New World monkeys, but most species bear their young during periods of the year that are optimal for survival. Seasonal timing may be governed by annual wet-dry cycles. Monkeys have gestation periods ranging from roughly five months to more than seven months. Most species have single young, though the marmosets and tamarins sometimes produce twins.

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the monkey species (Separate types of monkeys) can adapt to every environment in the world. this gives them the upper hand to travel if needed at any time (depending on type of monkey). I personally think since we evolved monkeys/apes, i think that the reason we can adapt to any environment on earth.

Other Information

The New World, or neotropical, monkeys belong to the infraorder Platyrrhini. They are distinguished from the Old World primates primarily by their noses, which are broad and have widely spaced, outwardly directed nostrils. (“Platy” means “flat,” and “rhin” means “nose.”) Most New World monkeys are fairly small, with tails that are usually long and sometimes prehensile. This adaptive trait enables these arboreal monkeys to hang by their tails from tree branches while feeding. Unlike their Old World cousins, the New World monkeys lack ischial callosities. With the exception of the owl monkey, the New World monkeys are diurnal. They are found only in tropical regions of Central and South America.

The classification of New World monkeys at the family level has been a source of continuing debate among researchers. The most commonly accepted scheme classifies these primates in two families: the Callitrichidae, which includes the marmosets and tamarins, and the Cebidae, which includes the other genera.

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Works Cited

Ash, Maureen. "Monkey Trouble." Monkey Trouble July-Aug. 2013: 1. SIRS
Discoverer. Web. 12 May 2016. <

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