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==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
[[Image:Singes Sosen.jpg|thumb|left|''Monkeys'', Mori Sosen (1749-1821)]] Monkeys range in size from the Pygmy Marmoset, at 14-16 cm (5-6 inch) long (plus tail) and 120-140 g (4-5 oz) in weight, to the male Mandrill, almost 1 metre (3 ft) long and weighing 35 kg (75 lb). Some are arboreal (living in trees), some live on the savannah; diets differ among the various species but may contain any of the following: fruit, leaves, seeds, nuts, flowers, insects, spiders, eggs and small animals.
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[[Image:Singes Sosen.jpg|thumb|left|''Monkeys'', Mori Sosen (1749-1821)]] Monkeys range in size from the [[Pygmy Marmoset]], at 14-16 cm (5-6 inch) long (plus tail) and 120-140 g (4-5 oz) in weight, to the male [[Mandrill]], almost 1 metre (3 ft) long and weighing 35 kg (75 lb). Some are [[arboreal]] (living in trees), some live on the [[savannah]]; diets differ among the various species but may contain any of the following: [[fruit]], [[leave]]s, [[seed]]s, [[Nut (fruit)|nut]]s, [[flower]]s, [[insect]]s, [[spider]]s, [[egg (biology)|eggs]] and small animals.
 
 
 
Some characteristics are shared among the groups; most New World monkeys have prehensile tails while Old World monkeys do not; some have [[trichromat]]ic [[colour vision]] like that of humans, others are [[dichromat]]s or [[monochromat]]s. Although both the New and Old World monkeys, like the apes, have forward facing eyes, the faces of Old World and New World monkeys look very different though again, each group shares some features such as the types of noses, cheeks and rumps. In order to understand the monkeys, it is necessary to study the characteristics of the different groups individually.
 
Some characteristics are shared among the groups; most New World monkeys have prehensile tails while Old World monkeys do not; some have [[trichromat]]ic [[colour vision]] like that of humans, others are [[dichromat]]s or [[monochromat]]s. Although both the New and Old World monkeys, like the apes, have forward facing eyes, the faces of Old World and New World monkeys look very different though again, each group shares some features such as the types of noses, cheeks and rumps. In order to understand the monkeys, it is necessary to study the characteristics of the different groups individually.

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