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Nearly 50 Years Of Endangered Primate Data Now Available Online
2014-07-28 03:10:01

[ Watch The Video: Nearly 50 Years Of Lemur Data Now Available Online ] Duke University A 48-year archive of life history data for the world’s largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates is now digital and available online. The Duke Lemur Center database allows visitors to view and download data for more than 3600 animals representing 27 species of lemurs, lorises and galagos — distant primate cousins who predate monkeys and apes — with more data to be uploaded in...

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2014-06-14 04:43:04

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you're last minute shopping for Father's Day, you're going to want to put down that 'World's Best Dad' mug. Trust me. According to Patricia C. Wright of Stony Brook University and the 2014 winner of the Indianapolis Prize – widely regarded as the Nobel Prize for conservation – no matter how devoted you think your father may be as a parent, another clear winner has emerged in the animal kingdom, forever seizing the title of...

Primates Do Not Have The Same Throwing Strength As Humans
2013-06-26 16:45:48

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Baseball fans on occasion will become frustrated with even their most beloved pitcher. Balls tossed in the dirt or that get above the umpire may even illicit catcalls and insults, perhaps comparing the ability of the hurler to primates who are notorious for flinging their own feces. A new study from the George Washington University (GWU), however, disputes these opinions and finds our ability to hurl a fastball stems from an ancient...

Two New Lemur Species Found In Madagascar, Already Endangered
2013-03-27 11:47:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent animated movie franchise introduced children around the world over to an island just off the coast of Africa and its immense biodiversity. Perhaps unknown to those children and even their parents is the fact this diversity continues to increase thanks to the dedication of scientists who continually seek out new species. The mouse lemur, a saucer-eyed, teacup-sized primate is an example of diversity that can only be found...

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2011-02-07 07:27:34

Puzzled scientists are debating if the shrinking brains of humans is a sign we are growing dumber or that evolution is making the key motor leaner and more efficient. The average size of modern human brains has decreased about 10 percent during the last 30,000 years -- from 1,500 to 1,359 cubic centimeters, the size of a tennis ball, reports the AFP news agency. The brains of females, which are on average smaller than those of men, have also experienced an equivalent drop in size. These...

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2008-02-25 16:45:00

After swabbing the cheeks of more than 200 lemurs and related primates to collect their DNA, researchers at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP) and Duke Lemur Center now have a much clearer picture of their evolutionary family tree.Found in nature only on the island nation of Madagascar, off Africa's southeastern coast, lemurs and their close relatives the lorises represent the sister lineage to all other primates. And that makes lemurs key to understanding what...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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