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2013-08-07 10:15:23

Research shows it is easier for female ruffed lemurs to raise their young using a system of communal nesting and crèches Young Malagasy black-and-white ruffed lemurs are more likely to survive when they are raised in communal crèches or “nursery nests" in which their mothers share the draining responsibility of feeding and caring for their offspring. This is according to anthropological research on lemur infant care by Andrea Baden and colleagues...

Origins Of Menopause
2013-08-01 09:24:52

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Here's another difference to add to the list of things that make humans different from other primates: Human women tend to live for many years after they can no longer bear children. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists compared mortality and fertility data for seven species of wild primates to the data for a modern hunter-gatherer human population. The !Kung people of...

Monogamy Evolved As A Mating Strategy
2013-07-30 05:38:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The evolution of monogamy among male mammals appears to have been triggered by the threat of infants being killed by unrelated males, researchers reported on Monday in the journal PNAS. The study is the first to reveal this evolutionary pathway for the emergence of pair living, and contradicts the theory monogamy resulted from a need for extra parental care by the father. The researchers also found males were more likely to...

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...

Chimpanzees And Orangutans Show Working Sense Memory
2013-07-19 05:07:32

[ Watch the Video: Chimpanzees Have Long Term Memory ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each of us has experienced a situation where one of our senses has triggered a far off memory, transporting us instantly to the time when that memory was created. Whether it's a song that reminds you when you rolled 1,000 miles in your first vehicle or an aroma that takes you back to a beach holiday, our memory is what sets us apart from most other living creatures on earth by...

Tanzania Endangered Primates
2013-07-18 08:52:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) research team has completed a five year study that gives new hope to some of the world's most endangered primates. The study, published in Oryx, establishes a road-map to protect all 27 species in Tanzania - the most primate-diverse country in mainland Africa. The researchers combined Tanzania's first-ever inventory of all primate species and their habitats with the IUCN Red List criteria and...

2013-07-11 13:16:46

The population of the critically endangered large primate known as the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) has been largely reduced to a few critical habitat areas in Cameroon, according to a recently published study by researchers with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. The study highlights the challenges faced by this species as its living area becomes ever more fragmented by human disturbance. In addition, the report directs conservation efforts towards key areas where the...

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...

Social Networks Help Monkeys Adapt To New Trends
2013-06-28 05:55:51

[ Watch the Video: Social Networks Shape Monkey 'Culture' Too ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Monkeys with the strongest social networks tend to be 'trendsetters' and early adopters of the latest foraging trends, according to new research published Thursday in journal Current Biology. The researchers, led by Andrew Whiten of the University of St. Andrews, made the discovery by combining social network analysis with more conventional social learning...

Lemurs Group Size Predicts Social Intelligence
2013-06-27 11:13:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Social interaction is highly valuable skill across a broad variety of animal species, particularly primates. Now, a new study in the open access journal PLOS ONE demonstrates that lemurs that live in big groups tend to have higher social IQs. In a study that involved six different species of lemurs, researchers at Duke University wanted to see if the size of a lemur species group made them more or less likely to steal a bit of food if...


Latest Primate Reference Libraries

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...

Primatology
2013-10-02 13:00:50

Primatology is the study of primates that focuses on their behaviors and possible evolution. Those who practice this science, known as primatologists, focus on primates in the wild and in laboratory settings. There are many different sub-divisions of primatology that differ based on methodology and theory, but the two major branches are Western primatology and Japanese primatology. There share basic principles, but differ culturally and in many other regards. Western primatology originated...

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