Monkeys and Other Primates

Barbara J. Feldman

Is an ape a monkey? And what about a lemur? Although often called monkeys, apes and lemurs are not monkeys. Apes are larger and more intelligent than monkeys, with arms longer than their legs. Most monkeys have tails, but apes never do. Lemurs have arms shorter than their legs, and whiskers and long, pointy noses. But all (along with humans) belong to the order primates. [Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Monkeys]