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Human Expansion Squeezing Out Bonobo Populations In The Congo
2013-11-27 07:52:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The bonobo, formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee, is quickly losing space in a world with growing human populations, according to the most detailed range-wide assessment ever conducted. The study, published in Biodiversity and Conservation, reveals that the loss of usable habitat is attributed to both forest fragmentation and poaching. The international team included researchers from University of Georgia, University of...

Young Bonobos Regulate Emotions Similar To Human Children
2013-10-15 08:13:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Striking similarities between the emotional development of bonobos and that of human children have been discovered by researchers studying young primates in an African sanctuary. The discovery, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that these great apes regulate their emotions in a human-like way. These findings are important to the study of human evolutionary history because it reveals that...

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...

Researchers Create 15-Million-Year Model Of Great Ape History
2013-07-04 06:38:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the study of genetic variation in a large panel of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, researchers from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and Washington University in Seattle have created a model of great ape history over the past 15 million years. This is the most comprehensive catalog of great ape genetic diversity. The catalog elucidates the evolution and population histories of great apes from...

Ape And Human Infant Gestures Are Similar And Communicative
2013-06-08 09:06:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In a study devoted to comparing the different types of gestures of a female chimpanzee, a female bonobo and a female human infant at comparable stages of communicative development, psychologists analyzed video of the three to find remarkable similarities among the species. This study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology, represents the first time such data has been used to compare the development of...

Great Ape Fossil May Be Last Ancestor Of Chimps And Humans
2013-05-02 10:31:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2002 a fossil specimen of an ape skeleton was unearthed in Spain. The researchers who discovered the remains assigned it a new genus and species, Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, estimating that the ape lived about 11.9 million years ago. The researchers argued that the ape could be the last common ancestor of modern great apes, which include chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, gorillas and humans. Now a new study led by a University...

Study Finds Chimps, Bonobos Practice Reciprocal Gifting
2012-11-21 16:50:03

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If your mother was anything like mine, you learned early on that it is better to give than to receive. There is something seemingly inherent in our biology that gives us a certain amount of joy when bestowing gifts and favors upon those we love and care for. But what about more casual relationships, such as with the neighbor or co-worker? Do we offer favors and gifts to them out of mere philanthropy or are we expecting a quid...

Why Bonobo Yawning Is Contagious
2012-11-15 22:34:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Yawning is contagious among many species and two biologists from the University of Pisa in Italy have found that the social relationships of bonobos can determine if yawns spread from ape to ape. According to the scientists´ report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, if several bonobos are socially related, there is a greater chance that a yawn by one adult ape will cause the other adults to also yawn, especially when the...

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2010-03-01 15:10:00

Des Moines, Iowa -- You may have more in common with Kanzi, Panbanisha and Nyota, three language-competent bonobos living at Great Ape Trust, than you thought. And those similarities, right at your fingertip, might one day tell scientists more about the effect of culture on neurological disorders that limit human expression. Among humans, pointing is a universal language, an alternative to spoken words to convey a message. Before they speak, infants point, a gesture scientists agree is...

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2008-08-31 12:50:00

Linguistic tools used to analyze human language applied to conversation between scientist and bonobo What happens when linguistic tools used to analyze human language are applied to a conversation between a language-competent bonobo and a human? The findings, published this month in the Journal of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, indicate that bonobos may exhibit larger linguistic competency in ordinary conversation than in controlled experimental settings. The peer-reviewed...