Primates matter!

Primates matter!

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Primates matter, and this is why!
Primates matter, and this is why!

Alejandro Estrada of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a large number of prestigious colleagues from universities worldwide have produced the latest extinction bombshell on why we are losing most of the primates. Science Advances presents the paper entitled Impending extinction crisis of the worlds primates: Why primates matter. The threats involved are human-induced, varying from logging and other deforestation activities to hunting, illegal trade and massive agricultural expansion to feed large populations.

Surprisingly, perhaps, the primates are one of the most species-rich orders of mammals. 701 taxa represent 504 separate species from the gorillas to the pygmy marmoset. 60% are under the threat of extinction. While Madagascar is the most obvious problem, with 87% of species threatened there, Asia…


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