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LSU Research Finds Orangutans Host Ancient Jumping Genes
2012-05-07 14:34:59

LSU´s Mark Batzer, along with research associate Jerilyn Walker and assistant professor Miriam Konkel, have published research determining that modern-day orangutans are host to ancient jumping genes called Alu, which are more than 16 million years old. The study was done in collaboration with the Zoological Society of San Diego and the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle and is featured in the new open access journal Mobile DNA. These tiny pieces of mobile DNA are able to copy...

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2012-05-01 12:21:20

Study in Congo protected area helps researchers understand selective factors in gorilla behavior and reproduction Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have found that larger male gorillas living in the rainforests of Congo seem to be more successful than smaller ones at attracting mates and even raising young. The study–conducted over a 12-year period in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the...

Orangutans Harbor Ancient Primate Alu
2012-04-30 07:51:46

Alu elements infiltrated the ancestral primate genome about 65 million years ago. Once gained an Alu element is rarely lost so comparison of Alu between species can be used to map primate evolution and diversity. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Mobile DNA has found a single Alu, which appears to be an ancestral great ape Alu, that has uniquely multiplied within the orangutan genome. Analysis of DNA sequences has found over a million Alu elements within each...

Meat-rich Diet Lead To Earlier Weaning, Helping Speed The Spread Of Humans
2012-04-19 11:35:43

Diets rich in meat helped early mother´s wean their babies at an earlier age and allowed them to have more children, behaviors that may have helped humans spread more quickly across the world and had a profound effect on human evolution, according to new research. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden, publishing their work in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, found a clear connection between eating meat and weaning at an earlier age. They discovered that all mammalian species...

2012-04-17 12:43:08

Orangutans may be smarter than previously thought if a new study into the sophisticated way they build nests is any indication. Scientists at The University of Manchester spent a year observing and filming (video footage available) orangutans at a research facility in Indonesia and found they apparently possess complex knowledge of mechanical design and material properties. The great apes — which only live wild in Sumatra and Borneo and are one of man's closest relatives —...

Chimpanzee Ground Nests Offer New Insight Into Our Ancestors Descent From The Trees
2012-04-16 09:15:27

Chimpanzee behavior suggests tree-to-ground transition occurred before emergence of ancient humans The first study into rarely documented ground-nest building by wild chimpanzees offers new clues about the ancient transition of early hominins from sleeping in trees to sleeping on the ground. While most apes build nests in trees, this study, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, focused on a group of wild West African chimpanzees that often shows ground-nesting...

2012-04-12 21:12:33

In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle The transmission of knowledge to the next generation is a key feature of human evolution. In particular, humans tend to copy behavior that is demonstrated by many other individuals. Chimpanzees and orangutans, two of our closest living relatives, also socially pass on traditional behavior and culture from one generation to another. Whether and how this process resembles the human one is still...

2012-04-12 21:06:49

A study published online on April 12 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology offers some news for parents: even toddlers have a tendency to follow the crowd. That sensitivity isn't unique to humans either; chimpanzees also appear more likely to pick up habits if "everyone else is doing it." That conclusion comes from evidence that 2-year-olds and chimpanzees are more likely to copy actions when they see them repeated by three of their peers than if they see the same action done by one...

2012-03-26 09:34:11

The George Washington University's Brian Richmond and team of researchers say chimps use 2 legs to reach and carry scarce resources Most of us walk and carry items in our hands every day. These are seemingly simple activities that the majority of us don't question. But an international team of researchers, including Brian Richmond at the George Washington University, have discovered that human bipedalism, or walking upright, may have originated millions of years ago as an adaptation to...


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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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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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