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2009-01-12 11:10:13

For 30 years, scientists have been studying stone-handling behavior in several troops of Japanese macaques to catch a unique glimpse of primate culture. By watching these monkeys acquire and maintain behavioral traditions from generation to generation, the scientists have gained insight into the cultural evolution of humans. Primatologists Michael A. Huffman, Charmalie A.D. Nahallage, and Jean-Baptiste Leca from the Primate Research Institute in Kyoto, Japan assessed social learning exhibited...

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2008-12-25 08:30:00

Scientists have discovered that orangutans can help each other get food by trading tokens, but only if the help is mutual.It seems orangutans can learn the value of tokens and trade them, helping each other win bananas, according to researchers from the University of St Andrews.This is the first documented evidence of "calculated reciprocity" in non-human primates. Gorillas and chimpanzees were much less willing to co-operate, researchers said.In particular, two orangutans - Bim and Dok - who...

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2008-12-08 07:50:00

A research team found that a new sub-population of monkeys in Vietnam is in danger of extinction. Fauna and Flora International biologists said they had found up to 20 Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys in a remote forest. The team was encouraged that they also found three infant snub-nosed monkeys, a sign that could mean the monkeys are breeding and increasing in number. Before the discovery of the sub-population, scientists believed less than 250 of the primates were in existence. "When I saw the...

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2008-12-05 15:05:00

Countries with laws against gorilla poaching are vowing to step up their enforcement of such laws in light of claims from environmental groups that countries don't do enough to implement them. The United Nations on Monday proclaimed as 2009 the Year of the Gorilla in order to raise funds for protection of the primates from disease, hunting and deforestation.The Year of the Gorilla (YoG) campaign is spearheaded by a number of top experts including Jane Goodall, the renowned biologist and...

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2008-12-02 08:25:00

The U.N. is focusing on fund raising as it launches the "Year of the Gorilla", an effort to raise half a million euros ($630,000) for primates threatened with extinction from disease, hunting and deforestation. The U.N.-backed Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals said they would use the money to fight the animals' biggest threats. "We need to use the resources that we raise to promote more gorilla-watching tourism, to get more equipment and infrastructure to...

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2008-11-29 08:45:00

Cameroon has established a new national park that seeks to protect the world's rarest gorilla. Takamanda National Park, which borders Nigeria, is home to an estimated 115 endangered Cross River gorillas. Experts believe the total population of the subspecies is less than 300. The move coincides with an initial meeting in Rome of governments of 10 gorilla range states that seek to protect the endangered primates. The Gorilla Agreement, finalized in June, includes all the countries where the...

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2008-11-24 08:05:00

In a report to be released today, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) says Cambodia breaching international rules by allowing the capture of monkeys for research in the U.S. and China. The report adds that thousands of long-tailed macaque monkeys are being taken and are being kept in cruel conditions until being exported.  The group also says that the monkeys are raised on monkey farms that traumatize the creatures for life. According to the BUAV, the unregulated...

2008-11-18 15:01:34

A group of primates in Indonesia that hasn't been seen alive in 85 years has been rediscovered by a team fromTexas A&M University. The Pygmy Tarsiers, big-eyed, tiny creatures weighing less than 2 ounces, haven't been observed until they were collected for a museum in 1921 and were thought to be extinct until Indonesian scientists accidentally trapped and killed a Pygmy Tarsier in 2000, the university said. The Texas A&M team trapped three of the nocturnal creatures in Indonesia in...

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2008-11-19 14:23:57

Scientists for the first time in 80 years have observed a living pygmy tarsier on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The researchers said on Tuesday they used nets over a two-month period to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers on Mt. Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in central Sulawesi"”a fourth one got away. Some scientists believed the tarsiers were extinct. One of the researchers, Sharon Gursky-Doyen, a Texas A&M University professor of anthropology who took part...

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2008-11-05 11:00:00

The head of Europe's environmental organization wants to put a stop to the laboratory testing on humanity's closest relatives: chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans. This will be accomplished by a crack down on animal testing by the drug industry and other various laboratories. However, various animal welfare groups and researchers blamed the European Union of hiding ineffective rules and regulations with empty gestures, as testing on great apes hasn't been done in EU research in six...


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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,...

Sunda Slow Loris, Nycticebus coucang
2014-04-16 11:22:42

The Sunda slow loris (Nycticebus coucang), also known as the greater slow loris, is a primate that can be found in Singapore, western areas of Malaysia, southern areas of Thailand, and Indonesia. This species prefers to reside in tropical rainforests but can be found in other habitats. It was first discovered in 1770 by Dutchman Arnout Vosmaer, who described it as a sloth, and was later classified with all other known lorises as a single species. Today, the Sunda slow loris is one of nine...

Gray Langurs
2014-04-10 16:46:11

Gray langurs, also known as Hanuman langurs, are members of the Semnopithecus genus, which contains seven species of Old World monkeys. Members of this genus can be found in a large range on the Indian subcontinent, preferring to reside in forested areas or semi-wooded areas at low or moderate elevations, although some species can be found as high as 13,000 feet above sea level. Until 2001, Semnopithecus entellus was the only species classified within this genus. When it was separated into...

Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey, Oreonax flavicauda
2014-04-10 14:40:56

The Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) is a New World monkey that is native to Peru. It is a rare primate species that is found only in the Peruvian Andes, in the departments of Amaxonas and San Martin, along with the bordering areas of La Libertad, Huanuco, and Loreto. This woolly monkey was, at first, under the Lagothrix genera with other woolly monkeys, but because of debatable primary sources, they have been placed under the Oreonax genera. This genus has been suggested to...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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