Differences: Similarities Between Old World And New World Monkeys

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People have a fascination with monkeys and the interest in monkeys is generally due to the similarities they share. What's more interesting is the differences between different categories of monkeys; Old World monkeys and New World monkeys. It’s interesting that many differences arise between Old World monkeys and New World monkeys from generation to generation. Differences such as their anatomy, geography and group sizes are found in each subgroup.
The struggle with distinguishing New World and Old World monkeys is that they share many similarities. Aside from the similarities, they have numerous differences too. These differences play a role in various things, such as living habitats, social behaviors, and also their diets. New World and
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The New World Monkeys overall have more teeth than the Old world monkeys, which can also be beneficial in the sense that they can be more scary looking and chase off Predators. The Old World monkeys such as Baboons have the same dental formula as us humans being 2.1.2.3. They have 2 incisors, 1 canine, 2 premolars, and also 3 molars. This also sets Old World monkeys apart from the New World. The New World dental formula is 2.1.3.3. They have 2 incisors, 1 canine, 3 premolars and 3 molars. They share similar diets; but the New World monkeys have sharper teeth. This allows for a more variety of food as they would be able to cut and chew things …show more content…
Not only is this a huge benefit to the New World monkeys, it’s also another difference between the two. Although Old World monkeys don’t have a tail that is useful to them, they are able to move around easily in the trees too. However the old world monkeys gather much of their food on the ground. They eat fruits and leaves and sometimes they hunt small prey such as; insects and small animals.The New World monkeys seem to stick to a more wet habitat, such as the rainforest, as the Old World can be found in other

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