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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...

Sanctuary Chimpanzees Have Potentially Dangerous Staph Bacteria
2012-08-22 13:56:28

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A study on sanctuary chimps demonstrated that a particular breed of these animals contain drug-resistant, human-associated strains of the bacteria Staphlyococcus aureus, a pathogen that could infect endangered wild ape populations if chimpanzees from sanctuaries are allowed to return to their natural habitat. The project was conducted by a group of veterinarians, ecologists, and microbiologists. It was the first to use modern...

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...

2012-07-25 23:03:18

The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for approving the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S. 810) and urges its passage in the full U.S. Senate. (PRWEB) July 25, 2012 The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for approving the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S. 810) and urges its passage in the full U.S. Senate. The legislation will phase out...

2012-07-19 10:59:58

Chimpanzees use weight to pick the best tool, and monkeys beg more when they're paid attention to, as reported in two independent research reports published July 18 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. In the chimp study, researchers found that the chimpanzees used weight to choose the best hammer to crack open nuts. Nut cracking is one of the most sophisticated instances of tool use in chimpanzees, and learning how to do it has been shown to be very difficult for some chimps. In work led...

2012-07-06 00:47:26

Evolutionary perspective leads to better understanding of controversial economic theory and laws tied to it Groundbreaking new research in the field of "evolutionary analysis in law" not only provides additional evidence that chimpanzees share the controversial human psychological trait known as the endowment effect — which in humans has implications for law — but also shows the effect can be turned on or off for single objects, depending on their immediate situational...

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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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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