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2008-08-07 12:00:46

By BEN MCCONVILLE By Ben McConville The Associated Press EDINBURGH, Scotland Can there be more lurking in the mist? Despite a startling find announced Tuesday that doubled the estimated number of western lowland gorillas in central Africa, scientists warned that hundreds of primate species remain in danger of extinction. A census by the Wildlife Conservation Society raised the estimate for gorillas in the Congo jungle to around 200,000 from a previous estimate of between 50,000 and...

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2008-08-06 12:15:00

Oldest-known Asian fossils of monkey, ape and human ancestry date from about 54.5 million years ago, Duke researchers say Tiny fossilized teeth excavated from an Indian open-pit coal mine could be the oldest Asian remains ever found of anthropoids, the primate lineage of today's monkeys, apes and humans, say researchers from Duke University and the Indian Institute of Technology. Just 9-thousandths of a square inch in size, the teeth are about 54.5 million years old and suggest these early...

2008-08-06 06:00:24

By Andrew C. Revkin A grueling survey of vast tracts of forest and swamp in the northern Congo Republic has revealed the presence of more than 125,000 western lowland gorillas, a rare example of abundance in a world of rapidly vanishing primate populations. As recently as last year, this subspecies of the world's largest primate was listed as critically endangered by international wildlife organizations because known populations - estimated at less than 100,000 in the 1980s - had been...

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2008-08-05 12:00:00

Half of the world's primate population currently faces a looming threat of extinction due to deforestation and hunting for meat, according to an international report on Tuesday. The global review, conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature found that 48 percent of species face extinction. "We have solid data to show that the situation is far more severe than we imagined," said Russell Mittermeier, president of Conservation International and head of IUCN' primate...

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2008-07-17 14:25:00

Relocation of entertainment orangutans from Los Angeles area to Des Moines great ape facility draws praise from ape experts A group of orangutans who appeared in Hollywood films, television commercials and magazine advertisements is being relocated to Great Ape Trust of Iowa "“ a significant move that begins to close the curtain in the United States on the decades-long use of orangutans in the entertainment industry. Great Ape Trust, a scientific research facility in Des Moines, Iowa...

2008-07-15 06:00:00

The primate would move when he pleased. Lied Jungle zookeeper Jennifer Giessinger needed to clean his cage. She tossed small chunks of sweet potato into an adjacent cage to entice the primate from his own enclosure into the other. A female primate had immediately moved into the adjacent cage when the gate opened, but the male was stubborn. Then the female went through the open gate again, back into the cage with the male. This had the makings of an exercise in zookeeping futility. Take...

2008-07-03 18:00:17

By BETH REESE CRAVEY There's been some monkey business going on in Clay County, specifically in OakLeaf Plantation's Eagle Landing subdivision. A primate has been sighted there several times, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking the public's help in finding it. The monkey, believed to be a Japanese or snow macaque, has been seen on Castle Oaks Court. State investigators received photos of the animal recently, according to Fish and Wildlife. "Do not attempt to capture...

2008-06-26 09:03:03

Greencastle Resources Ltd. ("Greencastle," or the "Company,")(TSX VENTURE: VGN) is pleased to report that development continues at the Primate section in west central Saskatchewan, where Greencastle holds a gross overriding royalty after making the initial heavy oil discovery in 2003. Recently, the project operator completed a new well which has now commenced production. The Primate section now has 11 producing heavy oil wells and two gas wells. Greencastle's revenue, derived from the...

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2008-06-10 15:35:00

Researchers have discovered groups of long-tailed macaque monkeys in Indonesia that have learned how to fish.According to researchers from The Nature Conservancy and the Great Ape Trust, groups of long-tailed macaques were observed four times over the past eight years scooping up small fish with their hands and eating them along rivers in East Kalimantan and North Sumatra provinces.The macaques are known to eat fruit and forage for crabs and insects, but fishing from rivers is a documented...

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2008-05-19 00:25:00

Scientists at Emory University have genetically engineered monkeys to have Huntington's disease in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the fatal, hereditary ailment to develop possible new treatments.The researchers, from Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, said the monkeys are the first primates to be genetically modified. Describing their work, they said one of two surviving rhesus macaque monkeys engineered to have the defective gene that causes...


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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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