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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...

Chimps May Be Able To ‘Think About Thinking’
2013-04-04 07:50:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Metacognition, or the ability to think about thinking, is not an ability solely limited to humans according to a new study. Scientists at Georgia State University and the University of Buffalo recently revealed that chimpanzees, humans' closest relatives, also appear to have the ability. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, is the work of Michael J. Beran and Bonnie M. Perdue of the Georgia State Language...

2013-03-11 23:04:12

Ironically, researchers are finding that human intelligence is declining at the same time other researchers are reporting that chimps have a much better short-term memory than humans and more and more high-tech machines — from robots to GPS devices — are becoming smarter; animals are even becoming cinematographers. That´s the latest issue that sociologist Gini Graham Scott, author of 50 plus books, writes about in her recent Huffington Post columns: Smarter Chimps, Smarter...

Chimps Love A Good Brain Teaser
2013-02-25 05:11:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Apparently humans aren´t the only ones who enjoy a brain teaser every now and again, as newly published research has revealed solving puzzles also seems to be a source of gratification for chimpanzees. The study, which was published by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and appears in the American Journal of Primatology, demonstrated six chimpanzees that were given a challenge which involved moving objects through a maze...

Chimpanzees Learn To Use A Straw While Watching Other Proficient Demonstrators
2013-01-31 14:08:08

[Watch Video: Chimps Learn To Use Straw] [Watch Video: Chimps Use Dipping Technique] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since 1979, there has been a story out there that has taken hold upon the new-age set. Known as the ℠Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon´, the story, while having undergone several iterations, originally was an anecdotal re-telling of observations made by Japanese primatologists. Lyall Watson, PhD, in his book Lifetide, explained the...

2013-01-29 09:47:14

Tooth development and weaning in chimpanzees not as closely related as once thought, researchers say For more than two decades, scientists have relied on studies that linked juvenile primate tooth development with their weaning as a rough proxy for understanding similar developmental landmarks in the evolution of early humans. New research from Harvard, however, is challenging those conclusions by showing that tooth development and weaning aren't as closely related as previously thought....

National Institutes Of Health Agrees Chimpanzees Should Be Retired From Research
2013-01-23 07:31:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Institutes of Health (NIH) had recently made recommendations that all but about 50 chimpanzees should be permanently retired from research. On Tuesday (Jan. 22) the council unanimously agreed on the move, and government-funded scientists began removing chimps from their labs. The first primates to be removed from research facilities arrived at their new home in south Louisiana at a national sanctuary (Chimp Haven) for...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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