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Saving The Great Apes Of Central Africa
2013-05-22 08:08:53

Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently released a manual on protecting great apes in Central African forests. The manual is a report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is a collaboration between authors from WCS, IUCN, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Lincoln Park Zoo, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The report seeks to ensure the survival of the great apes. As the...

Great Ape Fossil May Be Last Ancestor Of Chimps And Humans
2013-05-02 10:31:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2002 a fossil specimen of an ape skeleton was unearthed in Spain. The researchers who discovered the remains assigned it a new genus and species, Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, estimating that the ape lived about 11.9 million years ago. The researchers argued that the ape could be the last common ancestor of modern great apes, which include chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, gorillas and humans. Now a new study led by a University...

Bonobos Share With Strangers To Get Better Acquainted
2013-01-03 09:43:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When given the chance to share something, do you turn to a friend or a stranger with your offer of generosity? Do you look to make a connection with an unknown somebody or do you look to strengthen a bond with someone familiar? We primates are social animals and a pair of researchers from Duke University recently decided to look into how one group of primates, bonobos, approach this question of who to share with, and why. According...

Study Finds Chimps, Bonobos Practice Reciprocal Gifting
2012-11-21 16:50:03

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If your mother was anything like mine, you learned early on that it is better to give than to receive. There is something seemingly inherent in our biology that gives us a certain amount of joy when bestowing gifts and favors upon those we love and care for. But what about more casual relationships, such as with the neighbor or co-worker? Do we offer favors and gifts to them out of mere philanthropy or are we expecting a quid...

Why Bonobo Yawning Is Contagious
2012-11-15 22:34:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Yawning is contagious among many species and two biologists from the University of Pisa in Italy have found that the social relationships of bonobos can determine if yawns spread from ape to ape. According to the scientists´ report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, if several bonobos are socially related, there is a greater chance that a yawn by one adult ape will cause the other adults to also yawn, especially when the...

Adolescent Male Chimps Strive To Be Alphas In Large Community
2012-09-20 11:07:06

An Ohio University anthropologist reports the first observation of dominance relationships among adolescent male chimpanzees, which he attributes to the composition of their community. Hogan Sherrow spent eight years studying the Ngogo community of chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in western Uganda. Ngogo is the biggest chimpanzee community on record, with more than 150 members and about twice as many males as found in other chimp communities across Africa. Unlike their adult male...

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2012-09-13 10:17:49

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new species of monkey discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second to be identified in 28 years (sun-tailed monkey, c. 1984) and the first since the Kipunji was discovered in Tanzania in 2003. The discovery is published in the open-access journal Public Library of Science (PLoS One). The new species, Cercopithecus Lomamiensis, known locally as “lesula,” has been a well-known occupant of the remote...

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...

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...

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....


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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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