Primates belong to a super order of Euarchontoglires within the subclass of higher mammals.
The expression-Ape- which from time to time is used for this order, is ambiguous in that Apes as such constitute a suborder.
Nowadays, Primates are divided into the two suborders of Wet-nose apes (Strepsirrhini) and Dry-nose apes (Haplorhini).
The Great Apes (Hominidae) also belong to the Dry-nose apes, inclusive of Man (Homo sapiens).
Some things worth knowing about some of the depicted Primates:
The hastate ears and muzzle resemble those of a cat. The extremities, however, are more adapted to climbing and grasping than fast running.
The typical large eyes are a characteristic of nocturnal animals. The sometimes very bushy tail is more than half the length of the remaining body.
Galagos move quickly through the trees and can jump up to 12 meters wide.
They spend the most part of the day in dense vegetation or tree-holes.
Ever since the work of Darwin and Huxley on the theory of evolution, Chimpanzees have moved into the spotlight as a near relative of man.
Chimpanzees use a series of tools in their natural surroundings: they use chewed leaves as a sponge to soak up water out of tree-holes.
Blades of grass and sticks are adapted for use in termite hills, to enable the insects to be conumed.
Stones or branches serve as hammer and anvil to crack nuts, and branches are used as hooks to pull up fruit laden branches.
It has been observed, in recent times, that chimpanzees use pointed wooden sticks as speers for hunting Galagos.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the Psychologist Roger Touts succeeded in teaching some perceptions of sign language to various chimpanzees.
The female chimpanzee Washoe is believed to be the first non-human-being to learn a human language.
The IUCN ( International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) has listed the species as endangered and fears a further decrease in population.
The animals are named in English, French, German and Latin.
Size: 60 x 90 cm
Art Print on 230g paper