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is a baboon an ape

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is a baboon an ape? is a mandrill an ape?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
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Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
A baboon including the mandrill baboon is considered an 'old world' Monkey rather than an ape. Unlike monkeys the apes do not have tails and their arms are usually longer than their legs.
Apes would include chimpanzees, gorillas, gibbons, and orangutans.
Monkeys from Central and South America are known as New World monkeys. They have broad noses and nostrils that open sideways. They are called platyrrhines, which means broad-nosed.
Monkeys from Africa and Asia are known as Old World monkeys. These monkeys have narrower noses and nostrils that face downward like apes and human's nostrils do. Old World Monkeys are called catarrhines, which means downward-nosed.
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