Primatology is defined as the study of non-human primates, like monkeys and apes. Primates fall under an order of living organisms that belong to the mammalian class. These animals are commonly referred to chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, etc. and include humans in the taxonomical order. These animals all share a common set of characteristics that helps organize them into one category. Some of these characteristics are a large brain to body size ratio in comparison to other animals, five fingers and five toes, and forward facing eyes.

Someone who specializes in studying primates, is a primatologist. As we indicated above, people can have research interests specific to primates and ecology to the psychology of primates. Often, people have formal education and higher level college degrees in disciplines like psychology, biology or anthropology and then focus their post graduate work on primates.

Famous primatologists include Jane GoodallDian Fossey, and Frans de Waal.

The mission of the this blog and newsletter is to post current research, news, book reviews, videos, and other forms of media that are related to primates.

Examples of related topics that we will cover are ecology, psychology, biology, anthropology, medicine, as well as others.