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Monkey Information

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Monkeys eat roots, leaves, grasses, insects, nuts, fruit, birds, spiders, eggs, and small mammals.

Physical Traits

Most New World monkeys nostrils are round and far-set on short snouts. Old World monkeys have curved close-set nostrils. Old World monkeys have pads on their rumps, while the New World monkeys do not.

Some Old World monkeys have pouches in their cheeks to store food. Some New World monkeys have a prehensile tail.
Some monkeys have prehensile thumbs like those of the human.

The capuchins of Central and South America and the guenons of Africa have thumbs that can touch some of their other fingers. Their thumbs also help them to grip branches as they climb.

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