• WordNet 3.6
    • n Primates an animal order including lemurs and tarsiers and monkeys and apes and human beings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms oftheir hands.
    • n. pl Primates (Zoöl) The highest order of mammals. It includes man, together with the apes and monkeys. Cf. Pitheci.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Black lemurs are the only primates that can have blue eyes.
    • primates The first Linnean order of Mammalia, composed of the four genera Homo, Simia, Lemur, and Vespertilio, or man, monkeys, lemurs, and bats.
    • primates Now, the first or highest order of Mammalia, including man, monkeys, and lemurs. The brain has a relatively large cerebrum, overlapping much or all of the cerebellum and of the olfactory lobes, with usually a highly convoluted surface; there is a well-defined calcarine sulcus, and a hippocampus minor in the postcornu; the corpus callosum extends backward to the vertical of the hippocampal sulcus, and develops in front a well-marked recurved rostrum. The periotic and tympanic bones are normally joined to the squamosal. The pelvis and the posterior limbs are well developed, and the legs are exserted almost entirely beyond the common integument of the trunk. The first or inner digit of the foot, the great toe, is enlarged, provided with a nail (not a claw), and usually apposable to the other digits. Clavicles are present and perfect. There are teeth of three kinds, all enameled, and the molars have mostly two or three roots. The placenta is discoid and deciduate. The Primates correspond to the Bimana and Quadrumana together. They are divisible into two suborders, the Anthropoidea and Prosimiæ, the former represented by the families Hominidæ, Simiidæ, Cynopithecidæ, Cebidæ, and Mididæ, or man and all kinds of monkeys—the Prosimiæ, or lemurs and lemuroid animals, constituting the families Lemuridæ, Tarsiidæ, and Daubentoniidæ. Also Primaria.
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  • Angela Carter
    “I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Every publication too, great or small, had to receive the approbation of the Primate or the Bishop of London.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
We see the progress of this change in the very chapel of the Primates themselves.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Could the Government not be helped out of this difficulty by the Primate himself prosecuting the obtruder?
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
He resigned the government almost wholly to Dunstan, his primate, and spent his time in gayety, pleasure, and ease.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
That the primates had once a larger number of offspring is confirmed by double evidence.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Truly the Primate of all Scotland was fortunate in the death he died.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
This great man, once the primate of England, has had his downfall pathetically described by Shakespeare.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
The marriage was solemnized by a Romish bishop, as well as by the Irish primate.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
His right hand lightly grasped the arrow and aimed it up at the insolent primate.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Here Time had paused, and life had halted in primate form.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various

In poetry:

"Speak, thou awful vestige of the earth's creation,
Solitary fragment of remains organic!
Tell the wondrous secret of thy past existence,--
Speak! thou oldest primate!"
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
There's WISEMAN and CHUME, and His Grace the Lord Primate,
That sinds round the box, and the world will subscribe;
'Tis they'll build a College that's fit for our climate,
And taych me the saycrets I burn to imboibe!
"The Last Irish Grievance" by William Makepeace Thackeray
but now that fever is a fire whose glow
warms our hands, Joseph, as we grunt like primates
exchanging gutturals in this wintry cave
of a brown cottage, while in drifts outside
mastodons force their systems through the snow.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott

In news:

Dr Martin will trace the origins of the primate evolutionary tree and analyze new evidence that confirms Neanderthals as a separate species from modern humans.
Another problem is that use of monkeys in movies stokes the public's desire to own a monkey as a pet, thereby perpetuating more sales of captive primates .
The International Union for Conservation of Nature said Monday that primates from Asia and Africa are severely threatened.
The report said conservation efforts have helped several species of primates that are no longer listed as endangered.
Zoo Atlanta program sheds light on primate behavior.
Probability and the primate brain.
Then, starting in the 1990s, researchers began discovering the remains of petite primates that lived 37 million to 45 million years ago in China, Myanmar, and other Asian nations.
Primate Labs Shows speed differences of new MacBook Pros.
University of Wisconsin's plans to expand primate center are on hold.
Primate clad in coat spotted at north Toronto Ikea.
The primate 's owner arrived on the scene with a pickup truck and a cage in the back.
The Indianapolis Zoo is designing a massive exhibit leaders hope will bring Hoosiers in close contact with chimps and other primates .
HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. An animal rights group fighting to keep a primate research facility from coming to Southwest Florida.
WCS scientists discovered this large, forest-dwelling primate in southern Tanzania in 2003.
Visit the Philadelphia Zoo this weekend for some fun family activities in the Primate Center.

In science:

There were a number of lineages leading from primates to humans.
Definability in the Real Universe
Theropithecus: the rise and fall of a primate genus.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience
Martin 1993 Species, Species Concepts, and Primate Evolution.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
In Species, Species Concepts, and Primate Evolution.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
Bayesian inference of primate divergence times.
Approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) gives exact results under the assumption of model error