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2009-08-05 12:50:00

A new study shows that wild orangutans in Borneo hold leaves to their mouths to make their voices sound deeper than they actually are. According to the scientists that observed the apes, the animals employ the leaf trick when predators threaten them. Holding leaves to their mouths enables the orangutans to lower the frequency of the sound they make. This strategy makes the apes appear to be a bigger target than they are to the predator. The apes make the sounds in response to approaching...

2009-08-03 17:59:47

Humans evolved from orangutans, not chimpanzees, a University of Pittsburgh anthropologist says, creating a furor in the chimp camp. Fossil evidence shows striking anatomical similarities between humans and orangs, including enamel molars, similar hairlines and shoulder blades, and even the ability to smile with lips closed, Jeffrey H. Schwartz and John Grehan, director of science at the Buffalo Museum, say in the Journal of Biogeography. Even our skulls and eyebrow bone structure more...

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2009-07-02 13:30:23

Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, has been living life outside the limelight, munching on bananas in a Florida ape sanctuary, a center official said. Twenty years ago Bubbles gained fame as the pop singer's simian sidekick, touring with Jackson, posing for media, even moonwalking for the media, CNN reported. But at age 26, Bubbles retired to the Center for Great Apes outside Wauchula, Fla., lazing around with 41 other chimpanzees and orangutans in the tropical forest setting covering...

2009-06-28 13:04:38

A TV actress who plays a forensic anthropologist asked U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to support a bill that would phase out some experiments on chimpanzees. The Great Ape Protection Act, introduced recently in the House, would phase out invasive experiments on chimpanzees and would release federally owned chimps to sanctuaries. Emily Deschanel, who portrays Dr. Temperance Bones Brennan in the crime drama Bones, late last week asked Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce...

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2009-06-18 07:50:39

Researchers propose new grouping for humans, orangutans and common ancestors and lay out a scenario of the migration and evolution of 'dental hominoids' in the Journal of Biogeography New evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Reporting in the June 18 edition of the Journal of Biogeography, the researchers reject as...

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2009-06-04 15:10:00

When researchers set out to study the origins of human laughter, some gorillas and chimps were literally tickled to assist. The scientists tickled 22 young orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos, as well as three human infants, then acoustically analyzed the laughing sounds they produced.  The results led researchers to conclude that people and great apes inherited laughter from a common ancestor that lived more than 10 million years ago. Although the vocalizations varied, the...

2009-06-02 10:42:24

Researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia (ICP), from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, directed by professor Salvador Moyà-Solà, publish this week in the prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS) the results of their research regarding the find of a new genus of hominoid primate at els Hostalets de Pierola, l'Anoia. This fossil remains displays very...

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2009-03-19 12:45:35

Scientists in the Republic of Congo used cameras to capture how chimpanzees use "tools" to raid the honey from beehives, BBC News reported. The chimpanzees were able to craft large clubs from branches to beat the beehives until they broke apart, while some chimps would also use a "toolkit" of different wooden tools to secure the honey, researchers said. "The nutritional returns don't seem to be that great. But their excitement when they've succeeded is incredible, you can see how much they...

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2009-02-13 09:49:53

Dazzling new scientific techniques are allowing archaeologists to track the movements and menus of extinct hominids through the seasons and years as they ate their way across the African landscape, helping to illuminate the evolution of human diets. Piecing together relationships between the diets of hominids several million years ago to that of early and modern humans is allowing scientists to see how diet relates to the evolution of cognitive abilities, social structures, locomotion and...

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2009-02-11 16:02:33

A new study by researchers at the University of Washington shows that the evolutionary split between humans and apes may have been spurred by a fast-track genetic change that occurred in a common ancestor. Before the primates' family tree split, the code was fairly stable, except in one fascinating area, researchers said. Sequences of DNA code become duplicated in that area of change and then quickly accelerated, something that could account for the evolutionary break, the research found. It...


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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 bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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