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Surprising Human Speech Patterns Observed In Ethiopian Primate
2013-04-09 05:37:33

[ Watch the Video: Gelada Lip Smacks and Wobbles ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A species of wild baboon-like primate found in Africa is capable of producing noises that are surprisingly similar to human speech, one University of Michigan researcher claims in a new study. The gelada, which resides in the remote mountains of Ethiopia, makes a series of lip-smacking sounds that have a speech-like, undulating rhythm, Thore Bergman of the University of...

Two New Lemur Species Found In Madagascar, Already Endangered
2013-03-27 11:47:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent animated movie franchise introduced children around the world over to an island just off the coast of Africa and its immense biodiversity. Perhaps unknown to those children and even their parents is the fact this diversity continues to increase thanks to the dedication of scientists who continually seek out new species. The mouse lemur, a saucer-eyed, teacup-sized primate is an example of diversity that can only be found...

Meat Hunting Changes The Vegetation Of African Rainforests
2013-03-20 16:33:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from Lund University in Sweden wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B that the hunting of animals like primates in these rainforests can cause a reduction in the dispersal of seeds. “Hunting has a dramatic effect on the composition and structure of the forest, just as logging does, but without felling any trees,” said Ola Olsson, a professor in Lund´s Department of Biology. The team...

Mangroves And Swamp Forests Important For Endangered Species
2013-03-01 05:50:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Facing relentless human encroachment, some endangered primates and large cats will seek sanctuary in the sultry thickets of mangrove and peat swamp forests. These are not inviting places. Instead they are harsh coastal biomes with thick vegetation such as clusters of salt-loving mangrove trees and highly acidic peat soil composed of the waterlogged remains of partially decomposed leaves and wood. Because of these conditions, swamp...

Monkeys Practice Skilled Tool Use To Crack Open Their Nuts
2013-02-28 15:44:04

WATCH VIDEO: [Bearded Capuchin Monkey] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As biologists continue to study primate behaviors, they are beginning to understand the extent of their intelligence and how they apply that intelligence in their daily life. According to a new report in the open access journal PLoS ONE, an international team of researchers, led by Dorothy Fragaszy and colleagues from the University of Georgia, has shown for the first time that bearded capuchin...

Evolution Gave Humans Unique Brain Structures Over Primates
2013-02-24 06:04:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered a pair of functional networks in the human cerebral cortex that are not present in the brains of rhesus macaque monkeys, leading them to theorize that the networks were added during the evolution from ancient primates to the modern day homo sapiens. The networks were discovered by a team of researchers led by neurophysiologist Wim Vanduffel of University of Leuven and Harvard Medical School (HMS), who...

2013-01-29 09:47:14

Tooth development and weaning in chimpanzees not as closely related as once thought, researchers say For more than two decades, scientists have relied on studies that linked juvenile primate tooth development with their weaning as a rough proxy for understanding similar developmental landmarks in the evolution of early humans. New research from Harvard, however, is challenging those conclusions by showing that tooth development and weaning aren't as closely related as previously thought....

Monogamous Owl Monkeys Reproduce More Than Those With Multiple Partners
2013-01-25 11:12:27

University of Pennsylvania Breaking up is hard to do – and can be detrimental to one´s reproductive fitness, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. Focusing on wide-eyed, nocturnal owl monkeys, considered a socially monogamous species, the research reveals that, when an owl monkey pair is severed by an intruding individual, the mate who takes up with a new partner produces fewer offspring than a monkey who sticks with its tried-and-true partner. The findings...

Smithsonian Zoo Introduces iPad Tablet Computers To Orangutans
2013-01-23 13:40:39

[Watch Video: Smithsonian Orangutans Using iPads for Enrichment] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC has recently begun using Apple iPads to interact with a zoo favorite, orangutans.  The Smithsonian now joins 12 other zoos around the world who use this high tech program appropriately called “Apps for Apes.” According to Smithsonian officials, this program is great for enriching the...

Mexican Howler Monkeys Stressed Out From Longer Foraging Times
2013-01-23 05:26:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Because of human disturbance to its habitat, the endangered Mexican howler monkey is consuming more leaves and less fruit, forcing them to invest much more time foraging for nutrition. Hormone analysis reveals that this is leading to increased stress levels in the monkeys. The findings of this study, led by the University of Cambridge, were published in a recent issue of International Journal of Primatology. The research was carried...


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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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