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Liberia Is Home To The Second Largest Chimpanzee Population In West Africa
2014-04-10 12:30:18

Max Planck Institute When Liberia enters the news it is usually in the context of civil war, economic crisis, poverty or a disease outbreak such as the recent emergence of Ebola in West Africa. Liberia’s status as a biodiversity hotspot and the fact that it is home to some of the last viable and threatened wildlife populations in West Africa has received little media attention in the past. This is partly because the many years of violent conflict in Liberia, from 1989 to 1997 and from...

2014-03-10 23:28:27

The author has written three highly acclaimed books that show life through the eyes of these endangered animals. She hopes her books will touch hearts and make a difference. (PRWEB) March 10, 2014 Chimpanzees are the mammals most like humans. Because of this, people love to watch them, and chimps have long been captured and exhibited at circuses and zoos to feed the public's curiosity. Hear the story firsthand fom Joao... In "My Sanctuary: A Place I Call Home", Joao the...

Chimps Use Gestures When Searching For Food
2014-01-18 05:28:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees are able to communicate with gestures to search for a piece of food, according to a study appearing in the January 16 edition of the journal Nature Communications. Dr. Charles Menzel of the Georgia State University Language Research Center and colleagues examined a pair of language-trained chimps as they communicated with a human researcher in an attempt to locate food. They found “compelling evidence” that the...

Humanlike Features Discovered In 4.4M-Year-Old Ardipithecus Skull
2014-01-07 06:54:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The 4.4-million-year-old African species Ardipithecus ramidus, or "Ardi," is the focus of one of the most hotly debated issues in current human origins research. Scientists want to know how Ardi, an unusual primate, is related to the human lineage. The study, published in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), shows that although Ardi possessed a tiny brain and a grasping big toe for climbing...

Chimpanzees Are Not Conformist, Unless Peanuts Are At Play
2013-12-13 13:12:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees are not conformists when it comes to solving a problem, unless it involves a high pay out, according to a study published in PLOS One. Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology studied how chimpanzees are rational thinkers, rather than conformists. Scientists have known that these animals are sensitive to social influences, but are capable of maintaining their own strategy in...

Long-Term Memory Helps Chimps Remember Where The Food Is
2013-10-24 05:33:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees rely on their long-term memory when searching for food throughout the rainforest, according to a new study published in the journal Animal Behavior. Researchers studying whether chimpanzees aim their travel to particular rainforest trees to check for fruit found that the animals use long-term memory to remember the size and location of fruit trees and feeding experiences from previous seasons. The team recorded the...

Chimps Vocalize With Purpose
2013-10-17 11:40:38

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After analyzing the calls of chimpanzees in the wild, scientists with the University of York now believe these animals vocalize with a purpose rather than chant and howl at random. It was previously understood that the primates would simply shout when they were alarmed or felt they were in danger. However, Dr. Katie Slocombe and Dr. Anne Schel of the Department of Psychology at York recorded calls of several wild animals in Uganda and...

Human Yawn Contagious To Chimps
2013-10-17 10:47:49

[ Watch The Video: Is A Human Yawn Contagious To Chimpanzees? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As fellow primates separated by only a few branches on the evolutionary tree, humans share many behaviors with chimpanzees. Now, research has shown that the older a chimp is, the more likely it is to respond to a familiar face yawning with a yawn of its own, according to a new study in the journal PLOS ONE. Referred to as 'contagious yawning,' humans – as well as dogs...

Young Bonobos Regulate Emotions Similar To Human Children
2013-10-15 08:13:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Striking similarities between the emotional development of bonobos and that of human children have been discovered by researchers studying young primates in an African sanctuary. The discovery, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that these great apes regulate their emotions in a human-like way. These findings are important to the study of human evolutionary history because it reveals that...

Chimpanzees Choose Friendships Based On Similar Personality
2013-10-09 19:33:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, chimpanzees choose their friendships with others based on personality. Cognitive Biologists of the University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Zurich, Switzerland measured chimpanzee personality in two zoos with behavioral experiments and years of observations of the animals' behavior. The experiment included 38 captive chimpanzees. They also...


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Homo sapiens
2013-09-24 13:55:52

Homo sapiens is the scientific name for the human species. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and various other extinct species of hominid. H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo. Modern humans are the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, distinguished from their direct ancestor, Homo sapiens idaltu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens_idaltu). Subspecies of H. sapiens include Homo sapiens idaltu, roughly translated as “elder wise human” and...

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2007-08-10 16:23:56

The Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus), is an arboreal gibbon native to the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra. Its range overlaps with the Lar Gibbon and Agile Gibbon. While the illegal pet trade takes a toll on wild populations, the principal threat to Siamang is habitat loss in both Malaysia and Sumatra. Palm oil production is clearing large swathes of forest, reducing Siamang habitat, along with other species such as the Sumatran Tiger. The Siamang can be twice the size as...

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2007-01-02 11:10:29

The bonobo (Pan paniscus), until recently is usually called the pygmy chimpanzee and less often the dwarf or gracile chimpanzee. It is one of the two species of chimpanzees. Physical characteristics Its head is smaller than that of the Common Chimpanzee but has a higher forehead. It has a black face with pink lips, small ears, wide nostrils, and long hair on its head. Females have slightly prominent breasts in contrast to the flat breasts of other female apes, though not as prominent...

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2007-01-02 11:08:06

The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), also known as the robust chimpanzee, is a great ape. Basic facts Common chimpanzees are found in the tropical forests and wet savannas of Western and Central Africa. They once inhabited most of this region, but their habitat has been dramatically reduced in recent years. Adults in the wild weigh between 88 and 143 lbs (40 and 65 kg). Males can measure up to 63 inches (160 cm) and females up to 51 inches (130 cm). They are lighter than humans...

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2007-01-02 10:57:36

The Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is the least common of the two species of orangutans. It lives on the Sumatra island of Indonesia. They are smaller than the Bornean orangutan. Baby Sumatran orangutans are often poached as highly prized Zoo Inhabitants. The poachers often kill the baby's mother for no apparent reason. The Sumatran Orangutan is only found north of Lake Toba.

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Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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