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Primate Taxonomy

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18)This orangutan mother carries an infant. A prolonged period of caring for offspring is a trait humans share with the apes. Other traits we have in common with the primates are an emphasis on sight rather than smell as our main sense; good ability to grasp with our forelimbs; a large brain; and complex social behavior. A female orangutan carries a young infant on her belly.
Notes: A female orangutan carries a young infant on her belly.
Scientific name: Pongo pygmaeus
orangutan -- o-RANG-ah-tan
This text summarizes the traits that define the order Primates.
Photo © by: Anne Zeller

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