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What makes all primates the same The primate order consists of a fairly vast number of species some of which I was able to see up close and personal at this classes recent field trip to the San Diego zoo Indeed the species belonging to this mammalian order can exhibit almost shocking differences from one species to the next So in an order of animals that contains differences that can be so vast what ties them all together What exactly is it that makes a primate a primate Perhaps providing a description of the various primates I was able to see at the zoo might help to shed some light on the subject Among the primates there were about four species designated as lemurs The Lemurs were all small bodied primates compared with apes and all had tails Even though the animals were caged I was able to see that the lemurs exhibited sign of being arboreal All the animals designated as lemurs also exhibited signs of a specific type of movement They scurried across branches in their cages and also were able to leap from branch to branch This observation led me to believe that lemurs are quadrapedal primates All of these lemurs also were caged with at least one and in most cases three or four of their peers Grooming was also a behavior that I took note of In the short time I observed these animals the only thing I can say for certain about their social behavior is that it exists and is more developed than that of other mammalsOther primates I was able to see at the zoo were designated as Colubus Monkeys I was able to spend a few minutes observing the Red Colobus Monkey Red Tail Colobus Monkey Black and White Colobus Monkey and the Angolan Colubus Monkey All of these species had hands with nails All possessed tails The diets of the Colobus Monkeys consisted primarily of
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