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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...

Apes Can Match Images Based On Biological Categories
2013-09-11 05:04:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Gorillas and orangutans can categorize images based on various biological categories in much the same way that young human children learn how to tell living beings from inanimate objects or dogs from cats, according to new research appearing in the open-access journal PeerJ. Scientists have determined that there are at least two ways in which animals can be visually identified as being similar in nature to any other animal: they...

Mother-Raised Chimps Have Higher Social IQ Than Orphans
2013-09-06 16:48:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online You’ve probably heard the phrase “mother knows best,” but may not have realized that it applies to chimpanzees as well as humans. According to a new study in the journal Animal Cognition, orphaned chimps have less social success than chimps that were raised by their mother. "Orphaned chimpanzees had more difficulties to successfully coordinate their social play interactions," said co-author Edwin van Leeuwen, a cognitive...

Chimpanzees Found To Have Heart Disease Similar To Humans
2013-08-30 07:16:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the last century, there have been several documented examples of young, healthy athletes who have died suddenly of heart disease during competitive sporting events. A new study, published in Veterinary Pathology, finds Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a human heart disease that causes sudden cardiac death in teenagers and young adults (particularly healthy athletes), extends to chimpanzees. "It is the...

2013-08-21 23:20:04

Gorilla Group has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. for the third consecutive year. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 21, 2013 Gorilla Group, an award-winning commerce service provider, has announced that for the third consecutive year the company has been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing, privately-held companies in the U.S. As the company has continued its rapid pace of growth, Gorilla has risen in the Inc. 5000 rankings...


Latest Apes Reference Libraries

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
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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