Humans are not primates?

Because they don’t nest, they gorge.

10 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    Humans have binocular vision, an optical chiasma which divides the retinae, nails on their digits and prehensile hands, among many other things.  Therefore we're primates.  There are always going to be particular members of taxa who are more derived than others, with unusual characteristics.

  • 4 months ago

    Wrong Scientists classified Humans as primates a long time ago.

  • 5 months ago

    Speak for yourself i nest😂

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Zoological classification is based on anatomy, not behavior.

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  • 5 months ago

    They are primates. Haplorhini (the haplorhines or the "dry-nosed" primates) is a suborder of primates containing the tarsiers and the simians (Simiiformes or anthropoids), as sister of the Strepsirrhini ("wet-nosed"). The simians include catarrhines (Old World monkeys and apes including humans), and the platyrrhines (New World monkeys).

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Order Primates is a taxon, and taxa are not defined according to behavior. They are defined according to ancestry and morphology. Occasionally behavior can provide clues about ancestry and relationship but often it can be misleading because sometimes behavior can be transmitted culturally (by learning), and therefore it has no connection with evolutionary relationships.  Humans are classified as primates because we share a recent common ancestor with other primates such as lemurs, lorises, monkeys and apes. We are classified in a different family than other primates because we are quite different morphologically from them. We are the only primates that walk on 2 legs full time and we are the only primate that does not have a penile bone.

  • Jesere
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Humans did not evolve from primates. That's why its call a Theory 

  • 5 months ago

    Carl Linnaeus (a famous creationist naturalist) named "primate" the taxonomic order humans belong to because he thought it was the "highest order". It deserved the "primacy" over animals for hosting the human genus.

    Taxonomic classification was not based on behavior (nesting...) but on anatomical features. 

    Although he was a creationist, he did a good job and his primate order matches quite well the modern phylogeny based on genetics and common ancestry (just tarsier and lemur positions on the primate tree were slightly erroneous)

  • Ronald
    Lv 4
    5 months ago

    If your primate ancestors left the main gene pool behind in the forests..and ventured onto savanna grassland and evolved along a totally different path, they are still primates..

  • 5 months ago

    Some animals (primates falsely called) gorge in trees. Birds and other critters that nest in trees are the only primates on earth.

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