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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...

Human Brain Growth Outpaces Chimps In Womb
2012-09-25 13:07:57

Watch the Video April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Onlin A new study from Kyoto University shows that human's superior brain size in comparison to chimpanzees can be traced back to the womb. Appearing in the September 25 issue of Current Biology, the study is the first to track and compare brain growth in chimp and human fetuses. "Nobody knew how early these differences between human and chimp brains emerged," said Satoshi Hirata of Kyoto University. Hirata's research...

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...

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,...

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...


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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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