prosimian


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prosimian

member of the suborder Prosimii of the order of Primates.
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Although variable in different regions and time intervals, these dense forests would have provided suitable habitats for the radiation of these groups of prosimians.
To examine the suitability of a non-human primate model for Type II diabetes, we examined the relationship between glucose levels, cortisol levels, and body weight in a prosimian primate, the small-eared bushbaby.
The Duke prosimians, which include lemurs, lorises, and bush babies, are joining a growing number of microchipcarrying animals in zoos and elsewhere.
This prodded the right side of the prosimian brain toward assuming control of perceptual and motor abilities required for left-handed predation, or food gathering.
And this puts Amphipithecus smack in the midst of a long-standing debate over which lower primate gave rise to the anthropoids: adapids or another prosimian group called the omomyids, which are related to modern tarsiers.
In zoology, which order of mammals include apes, monkeys, prosimians and man?
Descartes' stark divide between human and nonhuman was ignored by 18th-century taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus, who placed humans within the primate group, alongside apes, monkeys, prosimians, and bats, and, with his 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin would challenge the Cartesian division directly and emphatically.
Lemurs are prosimians - primates that began to evolve before monkeys - and as such provide a crucial link to our understanding of evolution.
From an ecological point of view the low metabolic rates of prosimians are not an evolutionary primitive feature but rather represent a mechanism to cope with environmental constraints (Muller, 1985).
The topics include prosimians and the second radiation, paleobiogeographical perspectives on the origin of the Platyrrhini, species diversity and diet in monkeys and apes during the Miocene, the single-species hypothesis of competitive exclusion among lower Pleistocene hominids, and a molecular approach to the question of human origins.
Hurum's claim was that, although Ida plainly resembled some prosimians (lemurs, tarsiers, and their extinct ancestors), her fossil also revealed anthropoid-like--and thus human-like--features including a partially fused lower mandible and a talus foot bone.
Vasey in International Review of Primatology, "Available data indicate that this behavior [same-sex sexuality] is phylogenetically widespread among the anthropoid primates, but totally absent among prosimians.