Primates: Definition, Evolution & Characteristics


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1. What physical characteristic sets primates apart from other mammals?

2. How old is the oldest-known primate fossil?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

From prosimians to anthropoids, all primates share certain characteristics. This quiz/worksheet combination will test your knowledge of this order of mammals which includes humans, whose name means ''first,'' or ''most important.''

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will check understanding of the following information:

  • Distinction between hominoids and anthropoids
  • Physical characteristics of primates
  • Age of oldest-known primate fossil
  • Unique features of prosimians
  • Humans' place within the primate family

Skills Practiced

Students will gain practice with these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the evolution of primates
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as simians and prosimians
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about physical characteristics of primates

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, Primates: Definition, Evolution & Characteristics, includes these objectives:

  • Discuss how resource partitioning led to more than 50 species of lemurs in Madagascar
  • Compare and contrast new world monkeys with old world monkeys
  • Highlight advanced learning capabilities and problem-solving skills of great apes