A silhouetted bonobo

Primates

Primates are an order of mammals with features characteristic of tree-living ancestors, even in those species that now live on the ground. Lemurs, lorises, bush-babies, monkeys, apes and humans are all primates. Most primates live in the tropics and subtropics.

Scientific name: Primates

Rank: Order

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Primates taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

Primate family tree

Diagram of a family tree showing the evolution of the primates from a common ancestor some 85 million years ago.

A family tree showing the evolution of the primates from a common ancestor some 85 million years ago.