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Monkeys Control Virtual Reality Avatar With Only Their Brains
2011-10-06 05:22:40

Two monkeys trained in a Duke University laboratory were able to control a monkey on a computer screen and distinguish between different textures of virtual objects using only their brains. The results of this research were published in the October 5th edition of the journal Nature. Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD, professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center and the senior author of the study said in the press release, “Someday in the near future, quadriplegic patients will...

‘Virtual Monkeys’ Near Completion Of Random Shakespeare Recreation
2011-09-27 05:28:40

Millions of ℠virtual monkeys´ have nearly completed typing up Shakespeare´s entire body of work by hitting random keys on simulated typewriters. Jesse Anderson, the programmer behind the initiative, said an episode of The Simpsons spoofing the famous problem had inspired him to embark on the project. The experiment attempts to prove the theory that an infinite number of monkeys sitting at an infinite number of typewriters would eventually reproduce the works of...

2011-07-06 15:14:13

Study results may shed light on apparent self-awareness deficits in humans In the first study of its kind in an animal species that has not passed a critical test of self-recognition, cognitive psychologist Justin J. Couchman of the University at Buffalo has demonstrated that rhesus monkeys have a sense of self-agency -- the ability to understand that they are the cause of certain actions -- and possess a form of self awareness previously not attributed to them. The study, which will be...

2011-06-08 21:38:13

Almost universally, red means stop. Red means danger. Red means hot. And analyzing the results in the 2004 Olympics, researchers have found that red also means dominance.  Athletes wearing red prevailed more often than those wearing blue, especially in hand-to-hand sports like wrestling. Why? Is it random? Is it cultural? Or does it have evolutionary roots? A new study of male rhesus macaques strongly suggests it's evolution. "The similarity of our results with those in humans suggests...

2011-04-19 12:17:00

CHICAGO, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, Leo Burnett Worldwide has been named the Most Awarded Network at the International ANDY Awards. Conquering the industry's toughest creative jury, Leo Burnett took home nine ANDYs (1 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze) awarded to seven different Leo Burnett offices including Sydney, Toronto, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Shanghai and Istanbul. "To be named the most awarded network two years in a row from this incredibly tough...

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2011-03-30 07:25:00

A team of researchers studying Old World monkeys have found that the primates have better numerical skills than previously believed, BBC News reports. They found, using a basic numeracy test, that long-tail macaques were able to determine which of two plates had more raisins. However, in strange fashion, the macaques only excelled in the basic test if they were not allowed to eat the raisins used in the experiment. The results of the experiments show that the animals have the ability to...

2011-03-17 17:41:07

The tendency to perceive others as "us versus them" isn't exclusively human but appears to be shared by our primate cousins, a new study led by Yale researchers has found. In a series of ingenious experiments, Yale researchers led by psychologist Laurie Santos showed that monkeys treat individuals from outside their groups with the same suspicion and dislike as their human cousins tend to treat outsiders, suggesting that the roots of human intergroup conflict may be evolutionarily quite...

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2011-03-10 14:19:54

Chimpanzees, gorillas and other primate, including humans, share similar aging rates and mortality gender gap A new study says chimps, gorillas and other primates grow old gracefully much like humans. The findings come from the first-ever multi-species comparison of primate aging patterns reported in the March 11 issue of Science. It was long thought that humans, who have relatively long life spans, age more slowly than other animals. But new research funded by the National Science...

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2011-01-20 08:15:06

According to research conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University, the commonly held belief that oral contraceptives cause weight gain appears to be false. The results of the study are published online and will appear in next month's edition of the journal Human Reproduction. "A simple Google search will reveal that contraceptives and the possibility that they may cause weight gain is a very highly debated topic," said Alison Edelman,...

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2010-12-02 07:48:55

What sets mankind's closest relatives "” monkeys, apes, and other primates "” apart from other animals? According to a new study, one answer is that primates are less susceptible to the seasonal ups and downs "” particularly rainfall"” that take their toll on other animals. The findings may also help explain the evolutionary success of early humans, scientists say. The study appeared online in the November 30 issue of American Naturalist. "Wild animals deal with a...


Latest Monkey Reference Libraries

Peruvian Spider Monkey, Ateles chamek
2014-04-28 10:03:07

The Peruvian Spider Monkey (Ateles chamek), known also as the Black-Faced Black Spider Monkey, is a species of spider monkey that resides not only in Peru, but also in Bolivia and Brazil. At 2 feet long, they are rather large among the species of monkey, and their strong, prehensile tails can be up to 3 feet long. Unlike many other species of monkey, they have only a vestigial thumb, an adaptation which enables them to travel utilizing brachiation. The Peruvian Spider Monkeys live in groups...

Brown Spider Monkey, Ateles hybridus
2014-04-28 09:58:59

Brown Spider Monkeys have long and thin limbs with their forelimbs being longer than their hind limbs. They also have a distinctive 75 centimeter long flexible and thin prehensile tail which at times acts like a fifth limb. The tip is hairless with ridged skin for better grip. All of these features of their body make it possible for them to climb trees and high elevations, hang and swing from one tree to another without having to lower themselves to the ground frequently. Their hands are...

Northern Muriqui, Brachyteles hypoxanthus
2014-04-17 13:48:56

The Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) is an endangered muriqui, meaning woolly spider monkey, species that is endemic to Brazil. It is rare among primates in that it shows egaliterian social relationships. It can be found in the Atlantic forest region of the Brazilian states of Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro. Muriquis are the biggest species of New World monkeys. The northern muriqui can grow up to 4.3 feet tall. This species feeds mostly on leaves and twigs,...

Panamanian Night Monkey, Aotus zonalis
2014-04-11 13:07:14

The Panamanian night monkey (Aotus zonalis), also known as the Chocoan night monkey, is a species of night monkey that can be found in Panama and Chocó in Colombia and it is thought to be found in Costa Rica, although this cannot be confirmed. This species prefers to reside many habitats including coffee plantations and secondary forests. Although it is classified as a distinct species, it is thought that this monkey may be a subspecies of the gray-bellied night monkey. The Panamanian...

White-headed Capuchin, Cebus capucinus
2012-07-13 14:39:09

The white-headed Capuchin (Cebus capucinus) is a New World monkey that is native to Central America, as well as the far northwestern area of South America. It is also known as the white-faced capuchin and the white-throated capuchin. Its Central American range includes Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. Reports have shown that it may occur in southern Belize and eastern Guatemala, but these reports have not been confirmed. Its South American range is limited to the northwestern area...

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