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01-21 Enrichment for (Big) Humans: Create a Primate!

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Background:  Scientists classify animals into groups based on their characteristics. Some scientists look at physical characteristics, while others look at DNA. All members of the primate family share a few basic characteristics: five-fingered grasping hands, flat fingernails (instead of claws), and forward-facing eyes. Beyond these basic characteristics, primates have a wide variety of amazing adaptations that make each species unique. In this activity, create your own primate species using the three basic characteristics of a primate. Use your imagination! Decide what kind of habitat your primate lives in, what it eats, when it is awake, and one adaptation that it has to succeed in its environment.