Monkey vs Gorilla | Features, Characteristics, Lifespan

These two primates are the most human-like creatures on earth, not just because of physical characteristics, but also in the intellectual aspect. These highly intellectual and extremely interesting animals  are known from many and obviously have the difference in height, weight and overall physical appearance, but except this, there are a number of differences that distinguish them from each other.

Monkey Gorilla
Etymology Low German ‘moneke’ name of son of Martin the Ape (Reynard the Fox fable) Greek ‘gorillai’ tribe of hairy women
Posture Bent(quadripedal) Usually upright
Size Smaller Larger
Brain Smaller Larger
Use of tools Use of sticks Uses tools for cracking nuts, tree stump as bridge,  dead branches as clubs
Diet Omnivore Herbivore
Tail Yes No
Longevity 50 years 35 years

The two animals can be differentiated taxonomically, evolutionary and even in their food habits and posture. Monkeys today are composed of two types, the old world, and new world monkeys and with another 260 of extant species. Monkeys are smaller than the gorillas as they vary from sizes starting from about 140 millimetres in height and a weight of only 4-6 pounds up to the largest species Mandrill that weighs 35 kilograms and 1-metre height. The Gorilla, on the other hand, can reach up to 1.8 metres in height and can weigh up to a staggering 200 kilograms.

Monkeys are mostly arboreal as they are living by climbing and jumping from the trees for food and socialization, while the gorilla although they can climb and walk, they are often dwelling on the ground as their comfort zone and walk on their hind limbs soles.


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