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New analysis of a great ape fossil discovered in 2002 indicates that it could be the last common ancestor of chimps, gorillas and humans.
Researchers have long known that fruit-eating animals use spatial memory to relocate fruit. What they haven't known is how these animals located the fruit in the first place.
Metacognition, or the ability to think about thinking, is not an ability solely limited to humans according to a new study. A new study reveals that chimpanzees, humans' closest relatives, also appear to have the ability.
Teamwork has resulted in almost every one of man’s greatest achievements, from walking on the moon to sequencing the human genome. In a new study, a pair of scientists have found teamwork could have its origins in our primate relatives, namely chimpanzees.
Apparently humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy a brain teaser every now and again, as newly published research has revealed solving puzzles also seems to be a source of gratification for chimpanzees.
A new genome-wide analysis searched for evidence of long-lived balancing selection - where the evolutionary process acts not to select the single best adaptation but to maintain genetic variation in a population. The study revealed at least six regions of the genome where humans and chimpanzees share the same combination of genetic variants.
A study published this week presents the first experimental evidence that chimps, like humans, can watch and learn a group member’s invention of a better technique.
For more than two decades, scientists have relied on studies that linked juvenile primate tooth development with their weaning as a rough proxy for understanding similar developmental landmarks in the evolution of early humans.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) had recently made recommendations that all but about 50 chimpanzees should be permanently retired from research. On Tuesday (Jan. 22) the council unanimously agreed on the move, and government-funded scientists began removing chimps from their labs.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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