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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.

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2008-12-17 16:50:00

Anthropologists have made an important contribution toward solving one of the greatest paleoanthropological mysteries in recent history -- that fossilized skeletons resembling a mythical "hobbit" creature represent an entirely new species in humanity's evolutionary chain.

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2008-12-11 12:50:00

An orangutan’s spontaneous whistling is providing scientists at Great Ape Trust of Iowa new insights into the evolution of speech and learning.

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2008-11-05 11:00:00

The head of Europe's environmental organization wants to put a stop to the laboratory testing on humanity’s closest relatives: chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans.

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2008-08-31 12:50:00

Linguistic tools used to analyze human language applied to conversation between scientist and bonobo.

2008-08-14 16:41:06

You might know Rocky, one of the most media-exposed orangutans. Perhaps you saw him with Fergie in a spread for Elle magazine's July 2007 Music Issue.

2008-08-02 21:00:19

Chimpanzees used in medical tests are left with mental problems resembling those exhibited by humans who have undergone torture, a U.S. expert said.

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2008-07-17 14:25:00

Relocation of entertainment orangutans from Los Angeles area to Des Moines great ape facility draws praise from ape experts.

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2008-07-07 08:10:00

Orangutans could soon become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action is not taken, according to a new study.

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2008-06-25 18:30:00

Spain may be better known throughout the world for bull fighting than animal rights, but its parliament declared support on Wednesday for the right to life and freedom of the nation’s great apes.


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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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