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Researchers Teach Bonobos To Create, Use Tools To Retrieve Food
2012-08-23 09:26:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bonobos have recently had their DNA mapped by scientists, revealing they are much closer genetically to us than previously believed. Perhaps this striking similarity these gentle beasts share with us is no more evident than when it comes to their capability to learn tasks such as learning sign language and creating tools. Researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel have found that bonobos can learn to make stone tools just...

Sanctuary Chimpanzees Have Potentially Dangerous Staph Bacteria
2012-08-22 13:56:28

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A study on sanctuary chimps demonstrated that a particular breed of these animals contain drug-resistant, human-associated strains of the bacteria Staphlyococcus aureus, a pathogen that could infect endangered wild ape populations if chimpanzees from sanctuaries are allowed to return to their natural habitat. The project was conducted by a group of veterinarians, ecologists, and microbiologists. It was the first to use modern...

Chimps Only Think Of Themselves When It Comes To Food
2012-08-20 14:09:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Being fair to each other is an important part of human behavior, but research involving Queen Mary, University of London (UK) found it did not develop from our closest living relatives. According to the study published in the journal Biology Letters on August 15, 2012, our great ape relatives, the chimpanzees and bonobos, were tested to see if they have a sense of fairness like humans. The apes were put through a sequence of...

Smoking Orangutan Moved To New Enclosure
2012-07-27 09:31:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Tori, the smoking orangutan, has finally been moved into her new cage on the other side of the zoo to remove her not only from her ciggy source but also from the pressure of her peers to light up. The Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Indonesia, is moving Tori to a small island in the middle of a small lake inside the zoo after animal activists began to call for action to snuff out Tori´s smoking. Now, Tori will not only be...

2012-07-25 23:03:18

The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for approving the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S. 810) and urges its passage in the full U.S. Senate. (PRWEB) July 25, 2012 The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for approving the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S. 810) and urges its passage in the full U.S. Senate. The legislation will phase out...

2012-07-19 10:59:58

Chimpanzees use weight to pick the best tool, and monkeys beg more when they're paid attention to, as reported in two independent research reports published July 18 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. In the chimp study, researchers found that the chimpanzees used weight to choose the best hammer to crack open nuts. Nut cracking is one of the most sophisticated instances of tool use in chimpanzees, and learning how to do it has been shown to be very difficult for some chimps. In work led...

Parkour Tests Prove That For Orangutans - It Pays To Sway
2012-07-06 06:18:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to a research presented at the Society for Experimental Biology's meeting in Salzburg, Austria on July 2, 2012, swaying through trees is the way to go if you're an orangutan. Using human parkour athletes as stand-ins for orangutans, researchers measured the energy required to navigate a forest using different strategies. What they found is that it pays to stay up in the trees. The findings explain why orangutans spend...

2012-07-06 00:47:26

Evolutionary perspective leads to better understanding of controversial economic theory and laws tied to it Groundbreaking new research in the field of "evolutionary analysis in law" not only provides additional evidence that chimpanzees share the controversial human psychological trait known as the endowment effect — which in humans has implications for law — but also shows the effect can be turned on or off for single objects, depending on their immediate situational...

Ancient Human Predecessors Were Tree-Climbing Bark Eaters
2012-06-28 09:20:06

[ Watch the Video ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans had an unusual diet -- one which may have contributed to their ultimate downfall, according to various reports published Wednesday. According to Thomas H. Maugh II of the Los Angeles Times, researchers led by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany have discovered that Australopithecus...

Bonobo Genome Found Strikingly Similar To Humans And Chimps
2012-06-14 08:59:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com The bonobo, one of man´s closest relatives, has had its genome completely mapped by German researchers, placing a new checkmark in the DNA-sequencing list that already includes humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, giving scientists a complete record of the great ape genome. The achievement, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, should help scientists, together with the other great ape genome maps, better understand human evolution....


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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