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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRIMATES

We check the human cases, and the primates in the experimental laboratories.

One weakness of the primates is the character of their self-consciousness.

Among none of the first three branches can we look for the ancestors of the Primates.

At this date Clare also had a chapel, which was used at the primates visitation in 1401.

Again, the meeting of primates is summoned for early in March.

"There was at least no seditious talk before the primates came," said Nicholas.

He went on to tell us that it was not to the advantage of the primates to remain here.

Sexual selection among the primates has a good deal to do with this.

In most Primates the condyle is considerably widened, but this is not the case in Man.

Chevron bones are present in all Primates with well-developed tails.

WORD ORIGIN

"high bishop," c.1200, from Old French primat and directly from Medieval Latin primatem (nominative primas) "church primate," noun use of Late Latin adjective primas "of the first rank, chief, principal," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)).

Meaning "animal of the biological order including monkeys and humans" is attested from 1876, from Modern Latin Primates (Linnæus), from plural of Latin primas; so called from supposedly being the "highest" order of mammals (originally also including bats).

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