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Chimpanzees - Chimpanzee Species And Habitat, Physical Characteristics, Behavior, Parenting, Eating Habits, Communication, Jane Goodall's Observations

Science EncyclopediaScience & Philosophy: Chimaeras to Cluster

Chimpanzees belong to the order Primates, which includes monkeys, apes, and humans. Chimpanzees are assigned to the family Pongidae, which includes all of the other apes: gorillas, orang-utans, and gibbons. Compared with monkeys, apes are larger, have no tail, and have longer arms and a broader chest. When apes stand upright, their long arms reach below their knees. They also have a great deal of upper body strength, needed for a life spent mostly in the forest canopy.


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