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orangutan conservation
2014-07-18 03:45:37

ARC CoE for Environmental Decisions (CEED) Protecting the forest homes of orangutans is the most cost-effective way of boosting the great apes’ chances of survival in the long-run, international scientists have found. New research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) has established the best strategies for maintaining orangutan populations for more than 20 years on a limited budget. “The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has...

Wild Gorillas Signal Using Odor
2014-07-10 03:02:41

PLOS Silverback gorillas appear to use odor as a form of communication to other gorillas, according to a study published July 9, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michelle Klailova from University of Stirling, UK, and colleagues. Mammals communicate socially through visual, auditory, and chemical signals. The chemical sense is in fact the oldest sense, shared by all organisms including bacteria, and mounting evidence suggests that humans also participate in social chemical...

Early Humans May Have Evolved Bigger Brains Eating Insects
2014-07-03 07:31:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Washington University in St. Louis, suggests that seasonal diet changes may have played a role in the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in human ancestors and other primates. The findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, show that figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs might have been the catalyst for early tool use....

Bornean Orangutans Coming Down From The Trees
2014-02-14 05:10:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, orangutans spend more time on the ground than previously thought. Orangutans have always been seen as tree dwellers, but the latest study from researchers at the University of Leicester says these apes are coming down from their castles more often than scientists knew. The researchers performed a large-scale analysis of orangutan groundings by using...

New World Monkey Evolution And Migration
2014-01-04 05:01:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online After landing in South America approximately 37 million years ago, primates spread as far north as the Caribbean and as far south as Patagonia, according to research currently appearing online in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. During their travels, they also evolved new forms and carved out their own niches in the New World, according to the study authors. Today, more than 150 different species of monkey live...

Human Expansion Squeezing Out Bonobo Populations In The Congo
2013-11-27 07:52:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The bonobo, formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee, is quickly losing space in a world with growing human populations, according to the most detailed range-wide assessment ever conducted. The study, published in Biodiversity and Conservation, reveals that the loss of usable habitat is attributed to both forest fragmentation and poaching. The international team included researchers from University of Georgia, University of...

The Most Social Monkeys Have The Most Distinct Facial Features
2013-11-20 15:05:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study of Old World monkeys, published in the journal Nature Communications, has suggested that they rely on facial features to recognize each other, particularly for those primates living in larger groups. The new report comes from the same UCLA biologists that released a similar analysis of the faces of nearly 130 New World monkeys from Central and South America in 2012. "Humans are crazy for Facebook, but our research...

Stem Cells Reveal Differences Humans Apes
2013-10-24 09:27:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time, scientists from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have taken stem cells from chimpanzees and bonobos and turned them into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and their work has helped to highlight some of the differences between humans and non-human primates. This type of cell, which has the ability to form any other type of cell or tissue in the body, can be used to model diseases that would...

Male Orangutans Plan Trips A Day In Advance, Share Info With Mates
2013-09-12 09:31:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University of Zurich reveals male orangutans as quite the travel planners. Not only do these primates set out their routes a day in advance, they also share these plans with their travel mates. More than any other similarity shared between humans and primates, Carel van Schaik, primatologist and lead author of the study, says this proves the orangutans are capable of thinking past the present and into the...

Human Feet Very Similar To Those Of Great Apes
2013-08-21 09:37:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As humans, we tend to think of ourselves as much more evolved than our fellow primates. However, new research from biologists at the University of Liverpool has revealed the human foot is much closer to the feet of great apes than previously thought. The study looked at the mechanics of the foot, the knowledge of which is based primarily on research conducted in the 1930s. Conventional models assert the evolution of arches in the...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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