Ape or Monkey - What’s the Difference?

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Summary

This table shows you the most important differences between apes (such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutan) and other monkeys (such as suqirrel monkeys, and lemurs) at a glance.

ApesMonkeys
Tail: None Tail: Mostly none
Body: Large Body: Small
Brain: Large Brain: Small
Arms: Longer than legs Arms: Normal
Movement: Can swing on branches Movement: Can’t swing on branches
Walking: On two legs for short distances Walking: Mostly on four legs
Use of tools: Yes Use of tools: No
Lion Tamarin (Monkey)

Lion Tamarin Lion Tamarin - Photo: Eric Gevaert/Shutterstock

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