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Any of various primates of the suborder Prosimii, which consists of the lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers.

[From New Latin Prosīmiī, suborder name : Latin pro-, before; see pro-1 + Latin sīmiī, pl. of sīmius, ape (variant of sīmia; see simian).]

pro·sim′i·an adj.


(Animals) any primate of the primitive suborder Prosimii, including lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Prosimii
[C19: via New Latin from pro-2 + Latin sīmia ape]


(proʊˈsɪm i ən)

1. pertaining to primates of the suborder Prosimii, characterized by nocturnal habits and large eyes and ears: includes lemurs, lorises, and bush babies.
2. a prosimian animal.
[1855–60; < New Latin Prosimi(i) (see pro-2, simian) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prosimian - primitive primates having large ears and eyes and characterized by nocturnal habitsprosimian - primitive primates having large ears and eyes and characterized by nocturnal habits
primate - any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
Prosimii, suborder Prosimii - not used in all classifications; in some classifications considered coextensive with the Lemuroidea; in others includes both Lemuroidea and Tarsioidea
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over its history, the DLC has housed, cared for, and made available for study nearly 4,000 animals across 31 species of non-human primates, including lemurs, lorises, and at one point, tarsiers (together, colloquially referred to as prosimian primates).
They engage in sunbathing during which they sit on their haunches, arms uplifted prayerfully, eyes glazed over in prosimian pleasure, and soak in the rays.
A stalwart of the Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group, Derek met 30 delegates from across Europe and Madagascar at the Bristol Zoo event.
Familiar taxa + * Bacteria, antibiotic resistance traits for use * Cactus, spine in each item * Cheetah, speed * Elm, winged seed * Fish, fins * Fly, wing * Grape, tendrils * Lily, petals * Locust, DDT resistance * Mouse, claws * Oak, nut * Opossum, tail * Penguin, flightless * Rose, thorns * Salamander, eyesight * Snail, foot * Snail, poison * Snail, teeth Unfamiliar * Dodder, haustoria and unknown * Labiatae, Pulegone taxa + traits * Prosimian, tarsi for use in each * Shrew, incisors item * Suricata, pollex
This unusual type of feeding adaptation has never been documented among prosimian primates, but is characteristic of modern South American saki monkeys that inhabit the Amazon Basin," said Dr.
Those that remained, a few tarsiers, lorises and lemurs, could be viewed as a somewhat unprogressive lot, relative to the heyday of prosimian radiations.
A total of 362 DBS representing 12 NHP and prosimian species were collected (Figure 1), of which 215 (60%) were of adequate quality and quantity for nucleic acid extraction, and 170 (79%) of the 215 yielded adequate amplifiable DNA (Table 2).
Tree shrews have been classified as prosimian or insectivorous on the basis of their similarity or dissimilarity to primates.
The present experiment reports sex-specific decreases in food intake in a prosimian primate, Garnett's bushbaby, following oral administration of l-tryptophan.