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Chimpanzees Copy Arbitrary Behavior Of Other Members Of Their Social Group
2014-07-04 03:35:14

Springer Chimpanzees are copycats and, in the process, they form new traditions that are often particular to only one specific group of these primates. Such are the findings of an international group of scientists, who waded through over 700 hours of video footage to understand how it came about that one chimpanzee stuck a piece of grass in her ear and started a new trend, and others soon followed suit. The findings of the study, led by Edwin van Leeuwen of the Max Planck Institute for...

Chimpanzees Are Not Conformist, Unless Peanuts Are At Play
2013-12-13 13:12:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees are not conformists when it comes to solving a problem, unless it involves a high pay out, according to a study published in PLOS One. Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology studied how chimpanzees are rational thinkers, rather than conformists. Scientists have known that these animals are sensitive to social influences, but are capable of maintaining their own strategy in...

Chimpanzees Choose Friendships Based On Similar Personality
2013-10-09 19:33:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, chimpanzees choose their friendships with others based on personality. Cognitive Biologists of the University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Zurich, Switzerland measured chimpanzee personality in two zoos with behavioral experiments and years of observations of the animals' behavior. The experiment included 38 captive chimpanzees. They also...

High Five! Chimpanzees Have Their Own Social Traditions
2012-08-30 07:54:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees are capable of learning from one another and they use this social interaction to create and maintain local traditions. A team of researchers from the Gonzaga University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands, has published a new study showing that the ways in which chimpanzees groom each other depends on the community to which they belong. The team focused on one single behavior,...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.