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Ancient Hominid Study Reveals Early Similarities Between Humans And Apes
2013-04-12 09:07:49

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the largest studies on some of the most complete remains of early human ancestors has culminated in a comprehensive look into how an early hominid (Australopithecus sediba) moved and chewed. The study, collaborated on by an international team of scientists and published in six papers in the journal Science, details not only early traits but also describes notable features that set it apart from modern humans. The research...

Smithsonian Zoo Introduces iPad Tablet Computers To Orangutans
2013-01-23 13:40:39

[Watch Video: Smithsonian Orangutans Using iPads for Enrichment] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC has recently begun using Apple iPads to interact with a zoo favorite, orangutans.  The Smithsonian now joins 12 other zoos around the world who use this high tech program appropriately called “Apps for Apes.” According to Smithsonian officials, this program is great for enriching the...

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...

Orangutan Migration In Sumatra Vital For Genetic Diversity
2012-10-17 06:27:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Sumatran orangutan population is in decline, according to a new genetic study. However, researchers have identified critical corridors for dispersal migrations. If these migrations are protected, they can help maintain genetic diversity to aid in the species' conservation. The Sumatran is one of two species of orangutan, and is designated as "critically endangered" by the IUCN Red List. The orangutan once roamed the entire island...

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...

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...

What Did Early Hominins Eat?
2012-08-09 08:16:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists has reconstructed the dietary preferences of 3 groups of hominins found in South Africa. The paper, “Evidence for diet but not landscape use in South African early hominins," is a joint effort between the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Université de Toulouse Paul Sabatier, and the University of the Witwatersrand and has been selected for Advanced Online Publication in...

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...


Latest Hominidae Reference Libraries

Australopithecus africanus
2013-11-29 10:55:07

Australopithecus africanus was an early hominid, an australopithecine that lived between roughly 3.03 and 2.04 million years ago in the later Pliocene and early Pleistocene. Au. africanus was of slender build and was thought to have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. Fossil remains signify that Au. africanus was considerably more like modern humans that Au. afarensis, with a more human-like cranium permitting a larger brain and more humanoid facial features. This hominid has only been...

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2007-01-02 11:08:06

The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), also known as the robust chimpanzee, is a great ape. Basic facts Common chimpanzees are found in the tropical forests and wet savannas of Western and Central Africa. They once inhabited most of this region, but their habitat has been dramatically reduced in recent years. Adults in the wild weigh between 88 and 143 lbs (40 and 65 kg). Males can measure up to 63 inches (160 cm) and females up to 51 inches (130 cm). They are lighter than humans...

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2007-01-02 11:04:49

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of two subspecies of Eastern Gorillas. It is only found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three national parks. Some claim that the Bwindi population in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a third subspecies. A census taken in 2003 has shown a 17% increase in population size since 1989. There are now a total of 380 gorillas in 30 social groups. However, the mountain gorilla continues to be considered...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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