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2009-10-22 06:15:00

When scientists announced in May the discovery of a fossil which showed an evolutionary "missing link" between humans and apes, experts were skeptical the fossil was even a close human relative. A new analysis reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature further supports these doubts, finding instead that the fossil, dubbed Ida, is about as far removed from the monkey-ape-human ancestry as a primate could be. Ida is the skeleton of a 47 million-year-old creature discovered in...

2009-07-16 09:24:32

The discovery of a new primate fossil in Myanmar (formerly Burma) lends weight to the hypothesis that the common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes (anthropoid primates) originated in Asia, and not in Africa. To support the hypothesis, an international team of paleontologists, including two French researchers, has shown that these primates, which are 37 million years old and named Ganlea megacanina, had an ability observed today in modern monkeys, but not in lemurs: they pried open and ate...

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2009-07-15 12:50:00

A University of Calgary archaeologist who is one of the few researchers in the world studying the material culture of human beings' closest living relatives "“ the great apes "“ is joining his colleagues in creating a new discipline devoted to the history of tool use in all primate species in order to better understand human evolution.Julio Mercader, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Tropical Archaeology in the U of C's Department of Archaeology, is the only Canadian author...

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2009-07-01 08:00:00

According to new research published online in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences) on July 1, 2009, a new fossil primate from Myanmar (previously known as Burma) suggests that the common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes evolved from primates in Asia, not Africa as many researchers believe.A major focus of recent paleoanthropological research has been to establish the origin of anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes and humans) from earlier and more primitive primates...

2009-05-18 10:35:48

A University of Michigan professor says the discovery of a 47 million-year-old fossil may be from a primate species related to humans, apes and monkeys. Michigan paleontology Professor Philip Gingeric, who also serves as the president-elect of the Paleontological Society of the United States, said the newly discovered fossil also supports the adapid theory of evolution, The Wall Street Journal said Monday. A major ongoing evolutionary debate is focused on whether humans descended from an...

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2008-11-29 08:45:00

Cameroon has established a new national park that seeks to protect the world's rarest gorilla. Takamanda National Park, which borders Nigeria, is home to an estimated 115 endangered Cross River gorillas. Experts believe the total population of the subspecies is less than 300. The move coincides with an initial meeting in Rome of governments of 10 gorilla range states that seek to protect the endangered primates. The Gorilla Agreement, finalized in June, includes all the countries where the...

2008-09-07 00:00:13

This weekend's big film on the box King Kong! Today on ITV at 7.50pm! A giant ape is held captive after being discovered by Jack Black on a mysterious island. A great film packed with action, adventure and a dose of hysterical mayhem, and worth staying up for newshounds, though some scenes might be a bit too scary for really young pups! (c) 2008 Herald Express (Torquay UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

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2008-07-10 08:20:00

Large-brained simians of the New and Old Worlds independently arose from smaller-brained ancestors After taking a fresh look at an old fossil, John Flynn, Frick Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, and colleagues determined that the brains of the ancestors of modern Neotropical primates were as small as those of their early fossil simian counterparts in the Old World. This means one of the hallmarks of primate biology, increased brain size, arose independently in...

2007-09-06 15:20:00

CAMBRIDGE -- When trying to understand someone's intentions, non-human primates expect others to act rationally by performing the most appropriate action allowed by the environment, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University. The findings appear in the Sept. 7 issue of the journal of Science. The work was led by Justin Wood, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, with David Glynn, a research assistant, and...

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2007-07-16 17:40:00

A new study provides support for the hypothesis that walking on two legs, or bipedalism, evolved because it used less energy than quadrupedal knucklewalking. David Raichlen, an assistant professor of anthropology at The University of Arizona, conducted the study with Michael Sockol from the University of California, Davis, who was the lead author of the paper, and Herman Pontzer from Washington University in St. Louis. Raichlen and his colleagues will publish the article, "Chimpanzee...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.