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How many toes does a monkey have?

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With the exception of spider monkeys, all of the primates have retained the ancient mammalian trait of pentadactylism , which is having five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot. An increasing refinement of the hands and feet for grasping objects has been a hallmark of primate evolution. Their fingers and toes are mobile and have very sensitive tactile pads at the tips, unlike most other mammals. At least some digits on all primates also have flat nails in place of rigid claws. This makes the manipulation of bits of food and other objects much easier.

The grasping, or prehensile , ability of primate hands varies significantly also with the degree of opposability of the thumb. Partially rotating the thumb and pressing it forcefully towards the fingers provides a secure grip for hanging on branches and for manipulating small objects. All primates, with the exception of humans, have prehensile feet in addition to hands. However, few have the high degree of thumb opposability and strength typical of humans.

The small New World monkeys called marmosets and tamarins usually hang onto a tree branch by pressing against it with their palms and using all of their bent fingers together as counter pressure in a hook-like power grip. The more dexterous monkeys and apes can also use a secure power grip formed by the partial flexion of the fingers and the palm with counter force applied by the thumb. Humans and some apes also can employ precision grips formed by pinching with the tips of their flexed forefingers and the thumb. This allows their hands to be used effectively for manipulating even tiny objects.



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the answer is 4

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A monkey has five toes, with an exception of spider monkeys. There. You're SO welcome.

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