BCB311

Monday, March 13, 2006

PRIMATES - LIFE IN THE TREES

Primates are categorized into three major groups, the Presimians (e.g. Lemurs), the New World Monkeys (e.g. Squirrel Monkeys) and the Old World Monkeys (e.g. Gorillas). Definitive features of primates are a pentadactyl limb with an opposable thumb. Humans share a genetic sequence of 99% with chimpanzees, classifying them as modern apes.

 

My assignment will cover the classification with distinct similarities and unique features of each of the three groups. Along with this I will place them in the evolutionary line of all organisms and what makes primates different from all other organisms.

 

I will also look at the biogeography of each of the three groups and look at how location and climate affect the lifestyles and adaptations of each group. Also I will look at the biological relationship of humans with other apes and how different and similar they are.

 

Anzio Abels

Biodiversity & Conservation Biology Department

University of the Western Cape

2429667@uwc.ac.za

 

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