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

The Smithsonian National Zoological park in Washington, DC has joined 12 other zoos around the world and has recently begun using Apple iPads to interact with a zoo favorite: orangutans.

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

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.

Human Hands Evolved For Fighting And Punching
2012-12-20 10:48:00

While we know our hands can allow us to do many things, such as play music, make art, and easily grasp and manipulate tools, they have actually evolved for a vastly different reason, according to new research.

Borneo Slow Loris Family Welcomes New Members
2012-12-14 09:14:37

While studying the elusive nocturnal primate the slow loris in the jungles of Borneo, an international team of scientists discovered an entirely new species.

Paternal Voice Recognition Study Provides Hints Of Social Evolution
2012-11-30 13:18:59

New research for the first time shows paternal voice recognition in a not-so-social animal that may provide insight into early primates from which humans evolved.

Seasonal Diet Changes Can Cause Reproductive Stress In Primates
2012-11-29 08:58:17

Nutritional shifts caused by seasonal diets influence reproductive behavior in blue monkeys

Estrogenic Plants Alters Hormones In Monkeys
2012-11-20 20:59:37

A new study says eating certain vegetables may influence hormone levels and behaviors like aggression and sexual activity in monkeys.

Evidence Found To Support Nocturnal Bottleneck Theory
2012-11-01 09:33:36

Most species of diurnal mammals have retained the imprint of nocturnal life in their eye structures since the age of dinosaurs. However, anthropoid primates - including humans, monkeys and apes - are the only groups that deviate from this pattern.

Sneaky Sex The Norm For Some Monkeys
2012-10-31 06:00:00

A new study reveals that monkeys shy away from bystanders during copulation, regardless of the bystanders' rank or gender.


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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
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.