Prehensility is the quality of an organ that has adapted for grasping or holding. Examples of prehensile body parts include the tails of New World monkeys and possums, the trunks of elephants, the tongues of giraffes, and the proboscides of tapir. The hands of primates are all prehensile to varying degrees, and many species (though not humans) have prehensile feet as well. In biology, an organ (Latin: organum, instrument, tool) is a group of tissues that perform a specific function or group of functions. ... The eye is an adaptation. ... A Ring-tailed Lemur For other uses, see Tail (disambiguation). ... Families Cebidae Aotidae Pitheciidae Atelidae The New World monkeys are the four families of primates that are found in Central and South America: the Cebidae, Aotidae, Pitheciidae and Atelidae. ... Superfamilies and Families Phalangeroidea Burramyidae Phalangeridae Petauroida Pseudocheiridae Petauridae Tarsipedidae Acrobatidae A possum is any of about 63 small to medium-sized arboreal marsupial species native to Australia, New Guinea and Sulawesi. ... Genera and Species Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea. ... Binomial name Giraffa camelopardalis Linnaeus, 1758 The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species. ... In general, a proboscis (from Greek pro before and baskein to feed) is an elongated appendage from the head of an animal. ... Species Tapirus bairdii Tapirus indicus Tapirus pinchaque Tapirus terrestris Tapirs are large browsing animals, roughly pig-like in shape but with short, prehensile trunks. ... This article is about modern humans. ...
The word is derived from the Latin term prehendere, meaning "to grasp." Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ...
Categories: Biology stubs | Biology A prehensile tail is the tail of an animal that has been adapted for use as a fifth hand. Fully prehensile tails can be used to hold and manipulate objects, and in particular to aid arborea] creatures in finding and eating food in the trees. ...
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