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Apes
Temporal range: late Oligocene – Recent
A chimpanzee, an example of a great ape
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Hominoidea

Gray, 1825
Families

Hylobatidae
Hominidae
Proconsulidae
Dryopithecidae
Oreopithecidae

Apes are mammals belonging to the primate family Hominoidea. Its members are called hominoids. They are native to Africa and Southeast Asia. Its living members are divided into two families:

One clear 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). view more...


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