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  • I don't know, they're stupid! And it always annoyed me. Why can't they get it right? I guess they don't care.
  • Having a tail isn't what distinguishes monkeys from apes although apes are tailless. "...apes can be distinguished from these monkeys by the number of cusps on their molars (apes have five—the "Y-5" molar pattern, Old World monkeys have only four in a bilophodont pattern). Apes have more mobile shoulder joints and arms due to the dorsal position of the scapula, broad ribcages that are flatter front-to-back, and a shorter, less mobile spine compared to Old World monkeys (with caudal vertebrae greatly reduced, resulting in tail loss in most species). These are all anatomical adaptations to vertical hanging and swinging locomotion (brachiation) in the apes, as well as better balance in a bipedal pose. All living members of the Hylobatidae and Hominidae are tailless, and humans can therefore accurately be referred to as bipedal apes. However, there are also primates in other families that lack tails, and at least one (the Pig-Tailed Langur) that has been known to walk significant distances bipedally. The front skull is characterised by its sinuses, fusion of the frontal bone and Post-Orbital Constriction." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ape
  • Monkey is a generic term used by the undereducated. Much like the term buffalo was applied to the North American Bison by the great white hunters of the 1800s who came by train to shoot them in the fields for sport. Obviously an ape is not a monkey, but so many have said so that it has nearly become so, by default.
  • Well now that the other answers have covered the difference between apes and monkeys, I will cover why people confuse them. This is what (from my observations) people think: Small primates- monkey Big primates- ape
  • I didn't now about that until my daughter attended the zoo school at the Ft Worth zoo a year ago. Amazing what we learn when our kids go to camps and schools!!
  • This song might help. If it doesn't a tail, it's not a monkey. Even though it has a monkey kind of shape. If it doesn't have a tail it's not a monkey. If it doens't have a tail, it's an Ape.
  • Listen to "Silly Songs with Larry" on "VeggieTales:" If it doesn't a tail, it's not a monkey. Even though it has a monkey kind of shape. If it doesn't have a tail it's not a monkey. If it doens't have a tail it's not a monkey, it's an Ape.

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