Primates are mammals with distinguishing features such as forward-facing eyes, grasping hands and feet, and a large brain. They inhabit tropical and subtropical regions, with some species living in temperate climates. Lifespan varies by species, ranging from 15 to 60 years. Current population estimates range from several hundred to several million individuals. Primates come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the large mountain gorilla. They have a variety of fur colors, including black, brown, gray, and white.
Name Origin: Primates are a group of mammals that are characterized by their advanced cognitive abilities, such as problem solving and tool use. The name "primate" is derived from the Latin word primat-, which means "first rank" or "prime" and was first used by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. The name was chosen to reflect the fact that primates are considered to be the most advanced of all mammals.
Related Species: Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Orangutan, Gibbon, Macaque, Baboon