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Q: monkeys ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: monkeys
Category: Science
Asked by: irisheliz-ga
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Posted: 22 Apr 2004 13:58 PDT
Expires: 22 May 2004 13:58 PDT
Question ID: 334493
Do monkeys have hair or fur?
Subject: Re: monkeys
Answered By: juggler-ga on 22 Apr 2004 14:58 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

First of all, it must be stated that scientists draw no real
distinction between hair and fur.

See: "What is the difference between hair and fur?" Scientific American,
Or the same article stored by

Ask a Scientist! "What is the difference between hair and fur?"

Moment of Science: The Hairy Truth


Now, getting back to your question...

Monkeys do have "fur."  Numerous sources refer to monkey hair as "fur."


"Spider Monkeys... Their fur color can be black, brown, golden, red, or tan."
source: CalTech

"Douroucoulis, or Night Monkeys... The body is so heavily covered with
fur that it appears to be short and thick."
source: Mammals of the World

"...capuchin monkeys... rub their fur with crushed millipedes"
source: The Primates: New World Monkeys

Nonetheless, as mentioned above, it's important to remember that
monkey fur is  hair.
Here's an enlarged image of a monkey hair:
From an interesting web site that compares the hair/fur of many
mammals Hairs Polarized Light Digital Image Gallery, hosted by Florida
State University


search strategy:
"between hair and fur"
"between fur and hair"
monkey, fur
monkey, hair
"monkeys have fur"

I hope this helps.
irisheliz-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
This was for help in my 9 yr old's school project & the wording was
perfect, he could understand what was being said in the answer.  Thank
you for your help.

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