Amazing Animals: Primate Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Monkeys, apes and humans make up the primate animal grouping. Here is where we find our closest genetic relatives that exhibit familiar behaviors, including cultural practices, tool use and language acquisition. What separates primates from lower order animals is and what binds us together? Quit monkeying around and take the primate quiz to find out!

Which primate is the largest?

Gorillas are the largest members of the primate family.


Which is not classified as great ape?

Great apes include chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and humans.


What's the major anatomical difference between monkeys and apes?

The easiest way to distinguish monkeys from apes is to look for a tail. Most monkey species have tails, but no apes or hominids do.


What can't be discovered by examining gorilla nests?

The number of gorilla nests gives an approximation of the population size. Also, researchers can extract hair samples from these nests in order to examine individuals' health.


What's likely the main reason that hominids took up bipedalism?

In an experiment, humans used 75 percent less energy walking upright than chimps used walking on all fours. Essentially, walking upright seems to be beneficial because it saves energy.


Around what percentage of common DNA do humans and chimpanzees share?

Chimpanzees are humans' closest genetic relatives, sharing around 96 percent of the same DNA sequencing.


What did Jane Goodall's famous chimpanzee research reveal?

Goodall's work with chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania, documented the apes using tools to complete or simplify tasks like cracking nuts open


Which great ape species is the only one native to Asia?

Orangutans are the only great apes native to Asia.


What's the difference between Old World and New World monkeys?

Old World monkeys are found in the Eastern Hemisphere, while New World monkeys are found in the Western Hemisphere.


Which country voted to grant great apes some human rights in 2008?

The Spanish parliament voted in June 2008 to support the tenets of the Great Ape Project. The nonprofit organization lobbies on behalf of great apes (chimps, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans) for their right to life, protection of individual liberty and prohibition of torture.


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