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Primate characteristics

What makes a primate a primate?

There are characteristics that set primates apart from other mammals

Primates have...

... five digits on their hands and feet

... opposable thumbs

... nails instead of claws

... eyes in the front of their heads that face forwards. This is called stereoscopic vision.

...very large brains with a highly developed cerebral cortex. They are very intelligent.

Primates are very social, some species live in groups of up to 120 animals.

Primates have long life-histories. This means they have very long childhoods and parents spend a lot of time  and energy looking after their offspring.

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