One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A primitive primate of a group that includes the lemurs, lorises, bushbabies, and tarsiers.
Suborder Prosimii, order Primates: several families
- ‘In primates, prosimians and Old World monkeys exhibit a moderate level of the enzymatic activity relative to mice and rabbits.’
- ‘The celebrated eighteenth-century systematizer Carolus Linnaeus also located people firmly within the animal kingdom, constructing the primate order to accommodate humans, apes, monkeys, prosimians, and bats.’
- ‘Only in recent decades have prosimians - a suborder of primates that includes lemurs, lorises, bushbabies, and tarsiers - begun to be studied systematically.’
- ‘Lemurs are rare prosimians found only in Madagascar.’
- ‘Intriguingly, lemurs and other prosimians - regarded as the most primitive primate suborder - exhibited a slightly greater frontal cortex proportion than people and great apes did.’
Relating to the prosimians.Compare with simian
- ‘The Mongoose Lemur (scientific name Lemur mongoz) is not a mongoose at all, but a prosimian primate, a species of monkey and native only to Madagascar.’
- ‘By pinpointing which cognitive abilities all primates share, including prosimian primates, we hope to determine what aspects of intelligence are general primate adaptations.’
- ‘The three analyses showed the same dichotomy with the prosimian sequences always separated from all the other primate sequences.’
- ‘The monkey researchers feel subordinated by the ape researchers, but at least there's all these prosimian researchers we can dump on, making these snotty taxonomic arguments as to whether prosimians even count as primates.’
- ‘‘If complexity of social structure is a pressure to develop certain aspects of intelligence, we should expect ring-tailed lemurs to surpass all other prosimian species on tasks that tap those aspects of intelligence,’ she said.’
Late 19th century: from pro- ‘before’ + simian.
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