Latest Great Apes Stories
Light-fingered chimpanzees are changing the way subsistence farmers make a living in Africa by causing them to grow different crops and spend more time guarding their goods.
Even though chimpanzees are commonly seen in films, television shows, circuses, and at the zoo – the great apes are considered endangered and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing a new rule that would give greater protection to our fellow primates.
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.
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.
Numerous studies have tried to determine if great apes (for example, chimpanzees and bonobos) are able to understand declarative communication, but results have been mixed.
When researchers set out to study the origins of human laughter, some gorillas and chimps were literally tickled to assist.
February's brutal chimpanzee attack, during which a pet chimp inflicted devastating injuries on a Connecticut woman, was a stark reminder that chimps are much stronger than humansâ€”as much as four-times stronger, some researchers believe.
Scientists in the Republic of Congo used cameras to capture how chimpanzees use â€œtoolsâ€ to raid the honey from beehives.
Chimpanzees used in medical tests are left with mental problems resembling those exhibited by humans who have undergone torture, a U.S. expert said.
Movie producers and advertisers have long relied on chimpanzees comically dressed as humans to entertain their audience, but scientists say the practice is bad for chimps not only as individuals but also as a species threatened with extinction.
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