When did primates first appear?
The primate lineage is thought go back to at least 65 mya, even though the oldest known primate from the fossil record is Plesiadapis (55-58 mya) from the Late Paleocene. Other studies, including molecular clock studies, have estimated the origin of the primate branch to have been in the mid-Cretaceous period, around 85 mya.
Monkeys evolved from the order called primates. Primates first evolved about 60 million years ago, 5 million years after the last dinosaurs, and this was early in the Paleocene epoch. Monkeys did not appear until the Oligocene, about 34 million years ago. My source is from Palomar College's website here, http://anthro.palomar.edu/earlyprimates/first_primates.htm
What is an ape? We have been called the "naked ape", but is that a good description or just good publicity. More broadly, biologists classify the great apes and humans together as primates. We are primates and the first humans were therefore primates just as we are. Whether the first humans were the Adam and Eve of the Bible is a matter of faith.
First of all, humans are primates, and we can talk. If you want to know why the other primates can't talk, it's because speech involves some very complex and subtle, well-coordinated movements of breath and the organs of the mouth, relative position of tongue and lips and teeth, and other factors. The other primates simply do not have mouth structures that make it possible for them to form the sounds of human speech.
first of all. there is no real answer to your question . why are primates cool? well cool is an opinion, that's why it can't REALLY be answered. most people believe primates are cool because they are the closest animal species to human beigns. they have opposoble thumbs and toes. Some are so smart they can learn sign language.
The word 'primate' comes into the English language by way of the Latin. The original word in the ancient, classical Latin language is 'primas'. The genitive form is 'primatis'. The word is an adjective, and means first. Indeed, the Primates are considered the highest order of mammals, and include not only humans but also apes, lemurs, and monkeys.