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owl monkey father's day
2014-06-14 04:43:04

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you're last minute shopping for Father's Day, you're going to want to put down that 'World's Best Dad' mug. Trust me. According to Patricia C. Wright of Stony Brook University and the 2014 winner of the Indianapolis Prize – widely regarded as the Nobel Prize for conservation – no matter how devoted you think your father may be as a parent, another clear winner has emerged in the animal kingdom, forever seizing the title of...

Chimpanzees Show Impulsive Behaviors In Cooperating For Food
2014-06-13 10:04:38

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University discovered in a new study that chimpanzees within a socially contained setting, impulsively cooperate with each other, selecting a partner of their choosing. The study findings are published in the June 12 issue of PeerJ. The chimpanzees observed had no pre-training and were not restricted on which partners they could choose. The findings reveal these...

monkey and man hands
2014-05-29 04:28:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you ever wondered why it is that monkeys, chimpanzees, apes and other primates are frighteningly strong compared to us humans? If your answer was yes, you are not alone. And now a new study goes in depth in explaining why and how this phenomenon has occurred evolutionarily. If we take the primate as the most logical known last point in human evolution, then describing primate strength and cognitive abilities as superhuman and...

Rhesus Monkey Infants Express Sociability While On Oxytocin: Study
2014-04-29 13:47:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Involved in child birth and the production of breast milk, oxytocin is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that this hormone also promotes social behavior in infant rhesus monkeys, or macaques. While the hormone has been shown to promote a number of social behaviors in adults before, the recent study has shown this effect in primate infants of...

Lemurs Match Scent To Sound Of Voice
2014-04-16 13:42:11

[ Watch The Video: Lemurs Match Scent Of A Friend To Sound Of Her Voice ] Duke University If scent and sound match, that animal may be nearby Humans aren't alone in their ability to match a voice to a face -- animals such as dogs, horses, crows and monkeys are able to recognize familiar individuals this way too, a growing body of research shows. Now a study has found that some animals also can match a voice to a scent. Researchers at Princeton and Duke report that ring-tailed...

Owl Monkeys Don't Cheat
2014-03-19 14:44:02

University of Pennsylvania Intensive fathering plays a role True monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom. Even in species that appear to "mate for life," genetic maternity and paternity tests have revealed that philandering often takes place. Yet a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that Azara's owl monkeys (Aotus azarae) are unusually faithful. The investigation of 35 offspring born to 17 owl monkey pairs turned up no evidence of cheating; the male and female...

Proconsul
2014-02-20 07:52:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Definitive evidence of the environment where the early ape Proconsul lived on Rusinga Island, Kenya, has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by Baylor University. This discovery will provide new data to help researchers understand and interpret the connection between habitat preferences and the early diversification of the ape-human lineage. The groundbreaking findings, published in Nature Communications,...

2014-02-13 23:02:15

National animal welfare and wildlife conservation group needs donations for monkeys' rehabilitation and forever care. Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 13, 2014 After a Japanese macaque and a vervet monkey were rescued from deplorable conditions as someone's "pet" at a home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary welcomed the two female primates this week, providing them with a forever home at the 186 acre facility in Dilley, Texas. On January 31,...

Fossilized Teeth Show Bat Family Belongs To Primitive Lineage, Had Broad Range
2014-02-06 10:01:59

Duke University Today, Madagascar sucker-footed bats live nowhere outside their island home, but new research shows that hasn't always been the case. The discovery of two extinct relatives in northern Egypt suggests the unusual creatures, which evolved sticky footpads to roost on slick surfaces, are primitive members of a group of bats that evolved in Africa and ultimately went on to flourish in South America. A team of researchers described the two bat species from several sets of...

Primates Expend Less Energy
2014-01-14 07:54:31

[ Watch the Video: Half The Legs Equals Half The Energy ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Humans and other primates burn 50 percent fewer calories each day than other mammals, and their slower metabolisms could explain why they mature slowly and live longer lives, according to a study published in Monday’s edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Furthermore, an international team of researchers led by Hunter College...


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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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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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