Essay on The Species Of Non Human Primates

1406 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
There are many different species of non-human primates. Each primate has its own characteristics, traits, and behaviors that establish its identity. Throughout history, however, primate species have evolved over time and there have been different research studies to see how primates have evolved. Northern white-cheeked gibbons are one of the closest relatives to human beings. White cheeked gibbon’s characteristics, traits, and behaviors explain the complexity of their species and how they are closely related to other non-human primates as well as human beings. Northern white cheeked gibbons are a species in the genus Nomascus with the scientific name Nomascus leucogenys. Gibbons are classified as apes but known as smaller apes because of their smaller size in relation to greater apes (Lang). Even though many of the species of gibbons are closely related, the genera of gibbons are differentiated based on the number of chromosomes they have where white cheeked gibbons have fifty-two diploid chromosomes (Lang). The study of gibbons has not been a huge research study over the years. However, the study of this species is important to primatologists because they are one of the closest living relatives to humans next to great apes and they form the most diverse group of hominids (Thinh, et al.). A reason they are not studied as much as other primates is because few ecological and behavioral studies or long term studies because they have a lifestyle in the trees, difficult habitat…

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