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
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
A family tree showing the evolution of the primates from a common ancestor some 85 million years ago.