Flashcards in science: chpt. 16 test Deck (3):
Compare and contrast Old World and New World monkeys
Old and New World monkeys are both diurnal and live in trees. Old World monkeys were native to Africa and Asia. There bodies were also larger than New World monkeys. New World monkeys were native to Central and South America. They also had prehensile tails, and Old World monkeys didn't.
Early primates sent most, if not al, of their time in the trees. How did their successful adaptations there eventually lead to important hominin adaptations
Successful primate adaptations include 3D vision, opposable thumbs, and the prehensile tail. All but the last adaptation are significant in hominins. 3D vision permits depth perception and opposable thumbs make grasping tools possible.