Two Different Suborders Of Primates

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Primates

Woo Youn Choi

Professor Sharon Rachele

Biological Anthropology

June 4, 2014
Primates
There are two different suborders of primates such as strepsirrhini and haplorrhini. All non-human primates are divided by these two suborders; in other words, primates with having moist nose are strepsirrhini, and primates with dry nose are haplorrhini. In modern day, lots of primates still exist in specific regions. For instance, ring-tailed lemur is one of non-human primates from strepsirrhini, and chimpanzee is one of primates from haplorrhini. Because of living in different environment, these two primates have different characteristics and specific social group they involved. There are also many studies are being done with these
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Among lots of primates, ring-tailed lemurs are one of the most clearly identifiable primates due to their long, vividly striped, black and white tail. (Sauther 120). Through a research, called The Socioecology of the Ringtailed Lemur: Thirty-Five Years of Research, about ring-tailed lemur, it gives brief ideas about how lemurs look like and what specific characteristics they have. First, most of lemurs are located in the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighboring islands. This region is extremely significant to primatologists because there are not only lemurs but also many amazing animals, found only in Madagascar but nowhere else in the Earth. Research also indicates that lemurs use their two hands and two feet to move through the trees without using their tails. One specific characteristic ring-tailed lemurs have is that they spend their primary time on the ground when other typed lemurs spend their most of time on the trees. (National Geographic) In addition, their eating habitat is also one …show more content…
Primatologists have studied about them and categorized them as a separate group. Through the primate taxonomy, there are two suborders which separate all primates into two groups. Each of two suborders, strepsirrhini with moist nose and haplorrhini with dry nose, has specific characteristics. This paper analyzes two primates, lemurs for strepirrhini and chimpanzees for haplorrhini about why they are in danger from extinction and what characteristics and social groups they are consisted. Even though lemurs and chimpanzees are in different group and live in different environment, both are threatened from habitat destruction and hunters. Since people have meddled their environment, population of lemur limited. There is not only this reason, but also there are more reasons that lemurs are on verge of extinction. Some people go to Madagascar and take some of lemurs because people sell them as rare pet animals or bushmeats by cooking them. These selfish human behaviors make number of lemur decreasing in large percentage. Numbers of chimpanzee also decreases enormously because of same reasons with lemurs. Even though chimpanzee shares 98 percent of DNA

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