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New World Monkey Evolution And Migration
2014-01-04 05:01:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online After landing in South America approximately 37 million years ago, primates spread as far north as the Caribbean and as far south as Patagonia, according to research currently appearing online in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. During their travels, they also evolved new forms and carved out their own niches in the New World, according to the study authors. Today, more than 150 different species of monkey live...

Lemur Babies Born To Older Mothers Less Likely To Get Hurt
2013-12-19 07:21:33

Duke University Finding emerges from Lemur Center's 35 years of detailed records A long-term study of aggression in lemurs finds that infants born to older mothers are less likely to get hurt than those born to younger mothers. The researchers base their findings on an analysis of detailed medical records for more than 240 ring-tailed lemurs -- cat-sized primates with long black-and-white banded tails -- that were monitored daily from infancy to adulthood over a 35-year period at the...

Large Multi-Species Primate Study Shows Diversity In Eating Habits
2013-12-06 15:09:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some monkeys consume their five-meals-a-day within just an hour, according to a new in-depth analysis of primate eating habits. Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have conducted the most thorough analysis of primate eating habits and their findings have been published in the journal Oikos. The team compiled data from 290 primate dietary studies spanning 42 years of research across 17 countries, focusing on the amount...

Cave Sleeping A Regular Occurrence For Madagascar Lemurs: Study
2013-12-05 09:28:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered that some ring-tailed lemurs regularly return to the same limestone chambers to sleep. The findings, published in Madagascar Conservation and Development, are the first proof of the consistent, daily use of some caves and crevices for sleeping among the world's primates. Michelle Sauther, University of Colorado anthropology Associate Professor, said that...

The Most Social Monkeys Have The Most Distinct Facial Features
2013-11-20 15:05:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study of Old World monkeys, published in the journal Nature Communications, has suggested that they rely on facial features to recognize each other, particularly for those primates living in larger groups. The new report comes from the same UCLA biologists that released a similar analysis of the faces of nearly 130 New World monkeys from Central and South America in 2012. "Humans are crazy for Facebook, but our research...

Behavioral Ecologists Have Described Baseline Of Primate Social Complexity
2013-11-18 10:03:35

German Primate Center During a one-year field study in Southern Madagascar the two researchers discovered that nocturnal white-footed sportive lemurs (Lepilemur leucopus) share a common territory with a pair partner of the opposite sex. This result clarified conflicting earlier reports on the social organization of this species. The study of the DPZ researchers also revealed a specific type of relationship model that has not yet been described for other pair-living species. Although males...

Understanding Squirrel Monkeys And Language Musicality
2013-11-13 18:47:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Cognitive biologists at the University of Vienna have found that monkeys have an understanding of the musicality of language. According to the new study, South American squirrel monkeys are sensitive to the simple structural and melodic patterns of language. Language features a particular relationship between syllables, words and musical notes. Understanding the musical and grammatical patterns of language allows people to helps...

Snakes Helped Evolution Of High-Quality Vision
2013-10-29 04:52:33

[ Watch the Video: What Do Snakes Have To Do With Vision Evolution? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neuroscientists from Brazil and Japan have found new evidence in support of a theory that that human ancestors developed high-quality vision as a defense mechanism against the threat of snakes. The study, which was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrated that there are specific nerve cells located in the...

Chimps Vocalize With Purpose
2013-10-17 11:40:38

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After analyzing the calls of chimpanzees in the wild, scientists with the University of York now believe these animals vocalize with a purpose rather than chant and howl at random. It was previously understood that the primates would simply shout when they were alarmed or felt they were in danger. However, Dr. Katie Slocombe and Dr. Anne Schel of the Department of Psychology at York recorded calls of several wild animals in Uganda and...

2013-10-09 10:51:35

In a breakthrough for understanding brain evolution, neuroscientists have shown that differences between primate brains - from the tiny marmoset to human – can be largely explained as consequences of the same genetic program. In research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Professor Marcello Rosa and his team at Monash University's School of Biomedical Sciences and colleagues at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, used computer modelling to demonstrate that the...


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Brown Spider Monkey, Ateles hybridus
2014-04-28 09:58:59

Brown Spider Monkeys have long and thin limbs with their forelimbs being longer than their hind limbs. They also have a distinctive 75 centimeter long flexible and thin prehensile tail which at times acts like a fifth limb. The tip is hairless with ridged skin for better grip. All of these features of their body make it possible for them to climb trees and high elevations, hang and swing from one tree to another without having to lower themselves to the ground frequently. Their hands are...

Northern Muriqui, Brachyteles hypoxanthus
2014-04-17 13:48:56

The Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) is an endangered muriqui, meaning woolly spider monkey, species that is endemic to Brazil. It is rare among primates in that it shows egaliterian social relationships. It can be found in the Atlantic forest region of the Brazilian states of Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro. Muriquis are the biggest species of New World monkeys. The northern muriqui can grow up to 4.3 feet tall. This species feeds mostly on leaves and twigs,...

Sunda Slow Loris, Nycticebus coucang
2014-04-16 11:22:42

The Sunda slow loris (Nycticebus coucang), also known as the greater slow loris, is a primate that can be found in Singapore, western areas of Malaysia, southern areas of Thailand, and Indonesia. This species prefers to reside in tropical rainforests but can be found in other habitats. It was first discovered in 1770 by Dutchman Arnout Vosmaer, who described it as a sloth, and was later classified with all other known lorises as a single species. Today, the Sunda slow loris is one of nine...

Gray Langurs
2014-04-10 16:46:11

Gray langurs, also known as Hanuman langurs, are members of the Semnopithecus genus, which contains seven species of Old World monkeys. Members of this genus can be found in a large range on the Indian subcontinent, preferring to reside in forested areas or semi-wooded areas at low or moderate elevations, although some species can be found as high as 13,000 feet above sea level. Until 2001, Semnopithecus entellus was the only species classified within this genus. When it was separated into...

Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey, Oreonax flavicauda
2014-04-10 14:40:56

The Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) is a New World monkey that is native to Peru. It is a rare primate species that is found only in the Peruvian Andes, in the departments of Amaxonas and San Martin, along with the bordering areas of La Libertad, Huanuco, and Loreto. This woolly monkey was, at first, under the Lagothrix genera with other woolly monkeys, but because of debatable primary sources, they have been placed under the Oreonax genera. This genus has been suggested to...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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