Old and New World Monkeys
Monkeys are either classified as Old World Monkeys, or New World Monkeys. The species which fall in the former group are those who hail from Africa, central to southern Asia, Japan and India. While those whose home ground happens to be Mexico, Central and South America, are put under the latter group. Monkeys are different from apes or prosimians (defined as primitive primates bearing large ears and eyes, they usually have nocturnal habits). Many may be unaware of the fact that monkeys are smaller and longer-tailed.
Monkeys never catch cold!
Whenever I have a bad, nasty cold, it reminds me of monkeys. Because then I say to myself, 'Why weren't you a monkey?' Common cold may be a problem for us, but not for the monkeys. They never catch it, unlike gorillas and chimpanzees.
Monkey brain, a delicacy!
If I were a monkey, I would never go to South Asia, China, and Africa. In these regions, a dish made from monkey brains is savored as a delicacy.
During mating, the female monkey gives out loud distinctive calls. Many scientists believe that the female does this for the male partner to reach its climax. This is more particular with the Barbary macaque species.
The White-faced Capuchin
Monkeys could be big rascals, but they can also do good for the society. Capuchin monkeys are put through extensive training programs so that they become conditioned enough to help people such as quadriplegics. They get trained for opening up bottles, washing the patient's face, and even working with the microwave.
Breeding Time No Bar
Monkeys do not wait for spring time to get cozy with their mates. Most of them can breed at any time of the year.
Common Species of Monkeys
Golden Lion Tamarin
The presence of monkeys and various other animals on Earth are an example of the wide diversity of nature. It is because of their existence that we are distinguished as humans, and placed at the top of the ecological pyramid. And without these creatures around us, there would be no such pyramid, no such differentiation, and no more us! Chi hoo ooh!.. That's 'cheers' in monkey's language!