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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...

Orangutans Not The Swingers They Were Made Out To Be
2013-07-29 13:48:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Primatologists writing in the American Journal of Primatology found that great apes spend a large amount of time walking on the ground. Orangutans have been known as the king of swingers, but finding that the apes come down from the trees to forage or to travel could lead to implications for conservation efforts. Researchers traveled to the East Kalimantan region of Borneo to a place known as a hotspot for primates, including the...

2013-07-26 11:19:51

According to a new study, led by University of Texas at Austin anthropologists Gabrielle A. Russo and Liza Shapiro, the 9- to 7-million-year-old ape from Italy did not, in fact, walk habitually on two legs. The findings refute a long body of evidence, suggesting that Oreopithecus had the capabilities for bipedal (moving on two legs) walking. The study, published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Human Evolution, confirms that anatomical features related to habitual upright,...

Social Networks Help Monkeys Adapt To New Trends
2013-06-28 05:55:51

[ Watch the Video: Social Networks Shape Monkey 'Culture' Too ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Monkeys with the strongest social networks tend to be 'trendsetters' and early adopters of the latest foraging trends, according to new research published Thursday in journal Current Biology. The researchers, led by Andrew Whiten of the University of St. Andrews, made the discovery by combining social network analysis with more conventional social learning...

Researchers Discover Oldest Fossil Primate Skeleton
2013-06-05 12:43:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest known fossil primate skeleton, which could shed light of the evolutionary divergence between the lineage leading to modern monkeys, apes and humans on one side and the lineage leading to tarsiers on the other. According to a report of the discovery in the journal Nature, the fossil was found in an ancient Chinese lakebed, near the course of the modern Yangtze River....

Saving The Great Apes Of Central Africa
2013-05-22 08:08:53

Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently released a manual on protecting great apes in Central African forests. The manual is a report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is a collaboration between authors from WCS, IUCN, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Lincoln Park Zoo, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The report seeks to ensure the survival of the great apes. As the...

Oldest Evidence Of Split Between Monkeys And Apes Discovered
2013-05-16 14:39:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two fossil discoveries have revealed new details about the evolutionary divergence of apes and Old World monkeys, such as macaques and baboons, according to a report published in the journal Nature. The two primate fossils are from the late Oligocene epoch, about 25 million years ago, which is considerably older than previously discovered fossils for either group. The study authors conclude that the two groups of primates were already...

Meat Hunting Changes The Vegetation Of African Rainforests
2013-03-20 16:33:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from Lund University in Sweden wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B that the hunting of animals like primates in these rainforests can cause a reduction in the dispersal of seeds. “Hunting has a dramatic effect on the composition and structure of the forest, just as logging does, but without felling any trees,” said Ola Olsson, a professor in Lund´s Department of Biology. The team...

Smithsonian Zoo Introduces iPad Tablet Computers To Orangutans
2013-01-23 13:40:39

[Watch Video: Smithsonian Orangutans Using iPads for Enrichment] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC has recently begun using Apple iPads to interact with a zoo favorite, orangutans.  The Smithsonian now joins 12 other zoos around the world who use this high tech program appropriately called “Apps for Apes.” According to Smithsonian officials, this program is great for enriching the...

Understanding Orangutans Through Eye Movement
2012-11-28 12:28:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A neuroscientist specializing in cognitive and sensory systems research is using eye tracking equipment on orangutans to better understand visual cognition of humans and apes, and also help provide a better life for captive bred animals. Dr Neil Mennie, from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), is using the specially adapted equipment to study the eye movements of Tsunami, a seven year old orangutan at The National Zoo...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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