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2014-07-18 03:45:37

ARC CoE for Environmental Decisions (CEED) Protecting the forest homes of orangutans is the most cost-effective way of boosting the great apes’ chances of survival in the long-run, international scientists have found. New research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) has established the best strategies for maintaining orangutan populations for more than 20 years on a limited budget. “The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has...

Bornean Orangutans Coming Down From The Trees
2014-02-14 05:10:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, orangutans spend more time on the ground than previously thought. Orangutans have always been seen as tree dwellers, but the latest study from researchers at the University of Leicester says these apes are coming down from their castles more often than scientists knew. The researchers performed a large-scale analysis of orangutan groundings by using...

Orangutans Not The Swingers They Were Made Out To Be
2013-07-29 13:48:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Primatologists writing in the American Journal of Primatology found that great apes spend a large amount of time walking on the ground. Orangutans have been known as the king of swingers, but finding that the apes come down from the trees to forage or to travel could lead to implications for conservation efforts. Researchers traveled to the East Kalimantan region of Borneo to a place known as a hotspot for primates, including the...

Understanding Orangutans Through Eye Movement
2012-11-28 12:28:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A neuroscientist specializing in cognitive and sensory systems research is using eye tracking equipment on orangutans to better understand visual cognition of humans and apes, and also help provide a better life for captive bred animals. Dr Neil Mennie, from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), is using the specially adapted equipment to study the eye movements of Tsunami, a seven year old orangutan at The National Zoo...

Orangutan Migration In Sumatra Vital For Genetic Diversity
2012-10-17 06:27:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Sumatran orangutan population is in decline, according to a new genetic study. However, researchers have identified critical corridors for dispersal migrations. If these migrations are protected, they can help maintain genetic diversity to aid in the species' conservation. The Sumatran is one of two species of orangutan, and is designated as "critically endangered" by the IUCN Red List. The orangutan once roamed the entire island...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'