Apes are Monkeys, both belong to the family of Simian Primates which have similar origins but differ in their physical attributes and other habits.
edit Physical characteristics
- While apes have larger bodies and relatively larger brains (and prolonged period of infant dependence means single births are spaced at long intervals), Monkeys are smaller in size. Apes have a larger Brain to body size ratio than do Monkeys.
- While most species of monkeys have tails, apes lack tails.
- Apes have a mobile, rotary shoulder joint which allows them to brachiate and hang from their arms. Some species of Apes are four footed while some use 2 feet to walk. Monkeys are quadrupeds that jump and run along the tops of branches or on the ground. Monkeys are four footed.
- Apes have a wider torso and a shorter, stiffer lumbar region as compared to Monkeys.
- Apes have a more upright posture as compared to Monkeys.
- Apes rely on vision rather than smell, and thus have shorter noses than some monkeys.
Monkeys can live up to 30 years while Apes can live for 60 years.
edit Geographical Distribution
While apes are native to Asia and Africa, Monkeys can be found in Asia, Africa and South America.
edit Similarity to Humans
Apes are closely related to humans. Humans form part of the family of Hominidae to which Apes also belong. Hence there are close similarities between the two. Monkeys are primates like humans but still differ a lot. This is because of their relative distance from each other in the evolution cycle.
edit Endangered species
One specie of Apes is considered endangered while that is not so with Monkeys. Most species of Monkeys are not considered endangered.