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2010-01-28 14:19:16

New research suggests that evolutionary changes in cognitive development underlie the extensive social and behavioral differences that exist between two closely related species of great apes. The study, published online on January 28th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, enhances our understanding of our two closest living relatives, chimpanzees and the lesser-known bonobos, and may provide key insight into human evolution. Although chimpanzees and bonobos have a very close genetic...

2009-12-16 11:08:00

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Maya Lin, the world-renowned artist and designer, will tonight debut her new media piece - Unchopping a Tree - at the Support REDD+ Gala in Copenhagen at COP15, hosted by The Coalition for Rainforest Nations and the governments of Gabon, Guyana and Papua New Guinea. The video is the latest iteration of What is Missing?, Ms. Lin's last memorial, and links deforestation prevention and sustainable reforestation with reducing carbon emissions and protecting...

2009-12-15 06:05:00

Bonobo Conservation Initiative Recognized for Community-based Carbon Offset Project COPENHAGEN, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) will be recognized on December 16, 2009 during the 15th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for its efforts to save a huge rainforest area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that harbors the endangered bonobo, a great ape most closely related to humans. At the...

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2009-08-11 06:20:00

A new study discovered that the wrist bones of some primate species challenge the theory that humans evolved their two-legged upright walking style from a knuckle-walking ancestor. "We have the most robust data I've ever seen on this topic," said Daniel Schmitt, a Duke University associate professor of evolutionary anthropology. "This model should cause everyone to re-evaluate what they've said before." The findings are published in this week's journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...

2009-07-16 09:50:00

The use of tools by hominins - the primate group which includes humans (Homo) and chimpanzees and bonobos (Pan) - has been extensively researched by archaeologists and primatologists, both of who manifest the relevance of tool-use in understanding technology and the origins of human behavior. However, recent research has highlighted the need to include other species such as gorillas and orangutans, as well as other extinct primate groups prior to hominins, in order to situate, for the first...

2009-06-15 15:51:06

American researchers who have been studying the rare and threatened bonobo ape will lead monitoring efforts after a group of orphan bonobos are returned to the wild in the Congo for the first time this month.On June 14 and 28, for the first time ever, a group of 18 orphan bonobos will be returned to the wild."We'll be monitoring the social behavior and feeding habits of the bonobos as they adjust to life back in the wild," said Duke anthropologist Brian Hare, who will be leading the...

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2009-06-04 15:10:00

When researchers set out to study the origins of human laughter, some gorillas and chimps were literally tickled to assist. The scientists tickled 22 young orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos, as well as three human infants, then acoustically analyzed the laughing sounds they produced.  The results led researchers to conclude that people and great apes inherited laughter from a common ancestor that lived more than 10 million years ago. Although the vocalizations varied, the...

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2009-05-29 14:44:39

The environment ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sanctioned land for the protection of indigenous bonobos. The environment ministry announced Friday that it "has created the Kokolopori Bonobos reserve in the Equator province across 4,800 square kilometers (1,853 square miles) of land," said Cosma Wilungula, director general of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN). The reserve is home to an estimated 1,000 bonobos, said Wilungula. Experts closely monitor five...

2009-05-26 05:30:00

New rainforest reserve protects more than 1,000 bonobos and benefits local communities KINSHASA, DRC, May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) joins the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in announcing the official establishment of the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, a community-managed protected area which harbors one of the largest known wild populations of the endangered bonobo. The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is the pilot and model site...

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2009-03-10 10:30:00

A Swedish study showed on Monday what it believes to be the first evidence that an animal other than humans can make spontaneous plans for future events, the Associated Press reported. Researchers have been observing a 31-year-old alpha male chimpanzee named Santino collect small stashes of rocks to throw at patrons of the Furuvik Zoo, about 93 miles north of Stockholm. The chimp's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the zoo and researchers soon became interested in his...


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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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drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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