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Human Hands Evolved For Fighting And Punching
2012-12-20 10:48:00

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The human hand is unique in the animal kingdom. As we evolved from apes, it was one of the most distinctive features that truly distinguished us from our closest living relatives. But while we know our hands can allow us to do many things, such as play music, make art, and easily grasp and manipulate tools, they have actually evolved for a vastly different reason, according to new research. That research, conducted by the...

2012-12-04 11:59:25

Study finds male chimpanzees may increase their chances of siring offspring by recognizing the importance of third-party relationships The ability of male chimpanzees to form coalitions with one another in order to direct aggression at other male chimpanzees has certain benefits. A new study by Ian Gilby at Duke University in North Carolina and his colleagues has further revealed that it may not just be the coalition that is important, but who the coalition is with that determines future...

Dogs Learn Differently Than Humans
2012-11-23 05:55:02

[ Watch the Video: Familiarization with Word ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the University of Lincoln, UK, have discovered that dogs learn to associate words with objects in different ways than humans do. Human children between the ages of two and three typically learn to associate words with the shapes of objects, rather than their size or texture. If you teach a toddler what a "ball" is and then present them with an array of other...

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...

Mid-Life Crisis Found To Affect Apes Too
2012-11-20 05:10:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Apes, like humans, experience a decline in happiness during middle age, which rebounds as they approach old age, according to a new study that suggests the infamous mid-life crisis may have biological, rather than sociological, roots. Humans across many cultures report a dip in happiness during their late-40s when compared with their life satisfaction during younger and older years. In the current study, an international team...

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...

Humans Evolved To Live Longer Because Of Grandmothers
2012-10-24 07:50:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our grandmothers being there to care of us is something we all take for granted, and we have our ancestors to thank for that. New research indicates that human longevity is what it is because of grandmothers helping with childcare at an early stage in human history. Computer simulations on evolution have helped scientists prove that humans evolved longer life spans than apes because of their grandmotherly duties. When it comes to...

Raw Diet Starves Brains
2012-10-23 21:32:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There are some wild diets out there. As many of us attempt to either lose weight or simply eat healthier, we´ll try our hands at diets of all kinds: All meat, no meat; All vegetables, only specific vegetables; foods in a specific order, foods in a specific season. There´s a diet for any kind of person and personality, no matter how odd or strange. One such diet, the raw food diet, has come under plenty of scrutiny...

Penn researchers connect baboon personalities to social success and health benefits    It's important to have friends, whether you are human or baboon.  Studies have shown that strong social networks lead to better health and longer lives for both species. In a new study, researchers from the Univer
2012-10-02 14:40:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It's important to have friends, whether you are human or baboon. Studies have shown that strong social networks lead to better health and longer lives for both species. In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University have shown that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes. Like people, some baboons have personalities better suited to making and keeping friends than others. The...


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Ugandan Red Colobus, Procolobus tephrosceles
2012-06-21 13:36:08

The Ugandan red colobus (Procolobus tephrosceles) is a primate native to Africa. It is an Old World monkey that was not classified as its own species until 2001. Its range includes five areas of Uganda and Tanzania that equal 621.3 miles. These areas include the edge of Lake Victoria in Tanzania and Kibale National Park in Uganda, where the largest population is thought to be located. The preferred habitat of this monkey depends on its location, and it some areas, sustainable habitat is...

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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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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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