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Dictionary Definition

simian adj : relating to or resembling an ape; "simian features" n : an ape or monkey

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  1. Of or relating to apes.
  2. Bearing resemblance to an ape.


Extensive Definition

For other uses, see Simian (disambiguation); and distinguish from Simien.
The simians (infraorder Simiiformes) are the "higher primates" familiar to most people: the monkeys and the apes, including humans. Simians tend to be larger than the "lower primates" or prosimians.

Classification and evolution

The simians are split into three groups. The New World monkeys in Platyrrhini parvorder split from the simian line about 40 million years ago (mya), leaving the Catarrhini parvorder occupying the Old World. This group split about 25 mya between the Old World monkeys and the apes. Earlier classifications split the primates into two large groups: the "Prosimii" (strepsirrhines and tarsiers) and the simians in "Anthropoidea"(an'thro-poy'de-a)(Gr. anthropos, man).

See also


simian in Catalan: Simi
simian in Czech: Opice
simian in German: Affen
simian in Spanish: Simiiformes
simian in Esperanto: Simiulo
simian in French: Simiiforme
simian in Korean: 원숭이하목
simian in Croatian: Simiiformes
simian in Italian: Simiiformes
simian in Lithuanian: Beždžionės
simian in Ligurian: Simiiformes
simian in Hungarian: Majomalkatúak
simian in Dutch: Apen
simian in Polish: Małpy właściwe
simian in Portuguese: Simiiformes
simian in Northern Sami: Áhppa
simian in Silesian: Afy wuaśćiwe
simian in Finnish: Apinat
simian in Turkish: Simiiformes
simian in Ukrainian: Антропоїди
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