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British pronunciation/pɹˈa‍ɪme‍ɪt/
American pronunciation/ˈpɹaɪˌmeɪt/
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any mammalian animal that belongs to the same group as humans, such as monkeys, apes, lemurs, etc.

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What is "primate"?

Primates refers to a diverse group of mammals that share several unique characteristics, including a large brain relative to their body size, opposable thumbs or toes, and forward-facing eyes with depth perception. Primates can be found living in many different habitats, from tropical rainforests to savannas and even deserts. They are known for their complex social behavior, communication skills, and adaptability. Some of the most well-known primates include monkeys, apes, and humans. Many species of primates are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, hunting, and other human activities, making conservation efforts critical for their survival.

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a senior clergyman and dignitary

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Social behaviors in primates have shifted evolutionarily over time.
The zookeepers had to tail the injured primate to facilitate its recovery.
Gorillas are herbivorous primates that primarily eat fruits, leaves, and stems.
Many monkey species live in complex social troops inhabiting the upper forest canopy as arboreal primates.
Baboons are omnivores, feeding on a wide range of foods including fruits, seeds, insects, small mammals, and even other primates.
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