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2014-03-10 23:28:27

The author has written three highly acclaimed books that show life through the eyes of these endangered animals. She hopes her books will touch hearts and make a difference. (PRWEB) March 10, 2014 Chimpanzees are the mammals most like humans. Because of this, people love to watch them, and chimps have long been captured and exhibited at circuses and zoos to feed the public's curiosity. Hear the story firsthand fom Joao... In "My Sanctuary: A Place I Call Home", Joao the...

Chimpanzees Are Not Conformist, Unless Peanuts Are At Play
2013-12-13 13:12:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees are not conformists when it comes to solving a problem, unless it involves a high pay out, according to a study published in PLOS One. Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology studied how chimpanzees are rational thinkers, rather than conformists. Scientists have known that these animals are sensitive to social influences, but are capable of maintaining their own strategy in...

Long-Term Memory Helps Chimps Remember Where The Food Is
2013-10-24 05:33:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees rely on their long-term memory when searching for food throughout the rainforest, according to a new study published in the journal Animal Behavior. Researchers studying whether chimpanzees aim their travel to particular rainforest trees to check for fruit found that the animals use long-term memory to remember the size and location of fruit trees and feeding experiences from previous seasons. The team recorded the...

Human Yawn Contagious To Chimps
2013-10-17 10:47:49

[ Watch The Video: Is A Human Yawn Contagious To Chimpanzees? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As fellow primates separated by only a few branches on the evolutionary tree, humans share many behaviors with chimpanzees. Now, research has shown that the older a chimp is, the more likely it is to respond to a familiar face yawning with a yawn of its own, according to a new study in the journal PLOS ONE. Referred to as 'contagious yawning,' humans – as well as dogs...

Chimpanzees Choose Friendships Based On Similar Personality
2013-10-09 19:33:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, chimpanzees choose their friendships with others based on personality. Cognitive Biologists of the University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Zurich, Switzerland measured chimpanzee personality in two zoos with behavioral experiments and years of observations of the animals' behavior. The experiment included 38 captive chimpanzees. They also...

Mother-Raised Chimps Have Higher Social IQ Than Orphans
2013-09-06 16:48:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online You’ve probably heard the phrase “mother knows best,” but may not have realized that it applies to chimpanzees as well as humans. According to a new study in the journal Animal Cognition, orphaned chimps have less social success than chimps that were raised by their mother. "Orphaned chimpanzees had more difficulties to successfully coordinate their social play interactions," said co-author Edwin van Leeuwen, a cognitive...

2013-09-05 23:20:21

Fauna Foundation in Chambly, Quebec, a sanctuary for chimpanzees, most retired from a U.S. laboratory, is pleased to announce two new residents, Tatu and Loulis. As infants, the chimpanzees acquired American Sign Language and continued in sign language studies at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) at Central Washington University. Chambly, QC (PRWEB) September 05, 2013 Fauna Foundation in Chambly, Quebec, a sanctuary for chimpanzees, most retired from a U.S....

Apes Can Learn To Dive And Swim
2013-08-15 05:56:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first video-based observation of swimming and diving apes has been provided by two researchers from Wits University and the University of Bern. Instead of the expected dog-paddle stroke used by most land mammals, the apes used a kind of breaststroke. The study, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, suggests the swimming strokes peculiar to humans and apes might be the result of an earlier adaptation to an...

Choices Make Chimps Emotional
2013-05-30 09:48:02

[ Watch the Video: Bonobo Decision-Making ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the Stanford University Marshmallow Experiment, children are given a simple choice: Eat one marshmallow now or wait a few minutes and get two marshmallows. The results are chock full of cute kids agonizing over their decision to wait for two marshmallows. Some of them even pantomime eating the one marshmallow, and one even sniffs it just to get a flavor of the treat. Stanford...

Young Children Understand Grammar, Chimps Don’t
2013-04-11 08:08:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Children as young as two years old understand basic grammar rules and are not simply imitating adults as they first learn to speak, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. The study was led by Charles Yang, professor of linguistics in the School of Arts and Sciences and of computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Yang applied the same statistical analysis to data as that used in...