Primates are mobile creatures. In contrast with sponges, oysters, plants and other sessile organisms which spend most of their lives in one spot trapping the nutrients that pass by, most primates spend a considerable portion of their lives moving in search of food. Indeed, the locomotor habits of primates are probably more directly related to food procurement than are the habits of most other vertebrates. If we consider why animals move at all, there appear to be several main reasons. Many animals, especially birds, move in response to climatic changes, largely to avoid inclement weather. Many, probably most animals, move in conjunction with reproduction, in search of mates or suitable nesting or spawning sites. Finally, virtually all vertebrates move in search of food or water and to escape predators.


Spider Monkey Food Procurement Locomotor Ability Postural Ability Dietary Adaptation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Fleagle
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  1. 1.Department of Anatomical Sciences Health Sciences CenterState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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