We explain what the monkey is, the types that exist, and what the habitat of this primate is like. In addition, its characteristics, food and more.
What is the Monkey?
A mammal and primate animal is called a monkey, which accompanies the human being in its zoological classification (taxon) and resembles it physically and behaviorally more than any other animal in the world. It is a close relative of our species, although not as much as other types of primates such as the gorilla or the chimpanzee.
They are superior animals, endowed with a high margin of intelligence, which allows them to socialize, organize hierarchically and solve problems in an original way.
There are around 260 species of monkeys on the planet, the vast majority of which are arboreal. Each species receives a different name that, however, is often popularly used as if they were more or fewer synonyms: macaque, baboon, monkey, etc. The name "monkey" is also used as a synonym for "ape", although zoology distinguishes them: the latter lack a tail.
Zoological classification of the monkey
The monkeys are mammalian vertebrates, of the order of the primates and of the platyrhine families (new world monkeys) and cercopithecoids (old world monkeys), different from the apes, closer to man, also called hominoids (such as the orangutan, chimpanzee, gorilla or gibbons). This difference is that they have a tail, a more primitive skeleton, and generally smaller size.
The habitat of the monkey is the warm and jungle areas of the equatorial region, although each species has adapted to specific conditions in savannas and forests.
In America they are much more abundant in the Central American, South American, and Mexican regions, in Europe, they are in the Gibraltar area, but we mostly find monkeys in the African and Asian jungles.
The misunderstanding of evolutionary theory has led to the popular assumption that the monkey is an ancestor of the human being when in reality it is only a distant relative.
All primates would come from a common ancestor that abandoned the rest of the terrestrial mammals and climbed the trees, around 65,000,000 years ago. In this period, life abounded in birds and mammals and began to adapt to new habitats, such as the arboreal one.
This protoprimate would have engendered the lemurs, lorises, and similar species, thus giving way to the evolutionary branch that would make the first tailed primates appear about forty million years ago, it is speculated that on the Asian continent.
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