In primates, food and body size are closely related. Large species are leaf eaters, small species are insect eaters, and medium-sized species tend to favor fruit.*
This relationship between body size and diet is clearer in primates than it is in other mammals. The diversity of primate diets is due the variation in their digestive tracts.
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*The metabolic rate of mammals, including primates, scales to the ¾ power of its body weight. Therefore, the more weight an animal has, the less energy it needs per unit weight. This means that small species need to eat nutritionally dense foods. However, there are not many insects high in the trees of tropical rainforests. Therefore insect-feeding primates living in such trees could not develop large bodies.
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