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2009-02-02 13:30:00

With most mammals, the biggest and most aggressive male claims the alpha male role and gets his choice of food and females. But a new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that at least among chimpanzees, smaller, more mild-mannered males can also use political behavior to secure the top position.The finding was gleaned from 10 years of observing dominant male chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, looking at behaviors they used to compete for alpha male status relative to...

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2009-01-12 11:10:13

For 30 years, scientists have been studying stone-handling behavior in several troops of Japanese macaques to catch a unique glimpse of primate culture. By watching these monkeys acquire and maintain behavioral traditions from generation to generation, the scientists have gained insight into the cultural evolution of humans. Primatologists Michael A. Huffman, Charmalie A.D. Nahallage, and Jean-Baptiste Leca from the Primate Research Institute in Kyoto, Japan assessed social learning exhibited...

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2008-12-19 09:10:00

Chimpanzees recognize their pals by using some of the same brain regions that switch on when humans register a familiar face, according to a report published online on December 18th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The study "” the first to examine brain activity in chimpanzees after they attempt to match fellow chimps' faces "” offers new insight into the origin of face recognition in humans, the researchers said. "We can learn about human origins by studying our...

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2008-12-05 15:05:00

Countries with laws against gorilla poaching are vowing to step up their enforcement of such laws in light of claims from environmental groups that countries don't do enough to implement them. The United Nations on Monday proclaimed as 2009 the Year of the Gorilla in order to raise funds for protection of the primates from disease, hunting and deforestation.The Year of the Gorilla (YoG) campaign is spearheaded by a number of top experts including Jane Goodall, the renowned biologist and...

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2008-11-12 15:21:09

Despite enormous costs and often-tragic results, humans have waged war throughout the course of history, and continue to do so today.  The report cites an emerging theory that challenges conventional wisdom that war is a relatively recent phenomenon based on conflicting human cultures.  The new theory, which represents the first time archaeologists, anthropologists, primatologists, psychologists and political scientists have approached a consensus on the matter, holds that war is as...

2008-10-31 18:00:21

Primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall says African chimpanzees cannot be protected unless people's living conditions are improved. Goodall, who will be in San Francisco Saturday to accept the Leakey Foundation's Leakey Prize in human evolutionary science, told the Los Angeles Times she added humanitarian efforts to her scientific research after noticing something once while flying over Gombe National Park in Tanzania, site of her groundbreaking chimpanzee research....

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2008-10-14 09:40:00

In a population survey of West African chimpanzees living in Côte d'Ivoire, researchers estimate that this endangered subspecies has dropped in numbers by a whopping 90 percent since the last survey was conducted 18 years ago. The few remaining chimpanzees are now highly fragmented, with only one viable population living in Taï National Park, according to a report in the October 14th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. This alarming...

2008-07-14 18:00:26

Space Chimps, a new animated family film opening July 18 from Vanguard Animation and Starz Animation, about a trio of primates sent to deep space on a heroic mission, has a new assignment closer to home: rescue the chimps! Space Chimps is partnering with Animal Planet to raise money to help rescue and rehabilitate chimpanzees. Proceeds from the effort will benefit Chimp Eden, a South African sanctuary for rescued chimps. Chimp Eden, managed by Eugene Cussons, rescue director of the Jane...

2008-03-10 09:00:19

By Kanner, Melinda Abstract: The author explores the popular construction of primatology through an examination of the films Gorillas in the Mist (1988) and Instinct (1999). The primatologist's gender governs the manner of presentation in the films, irrespective of scientific, historical, or biographical realities. These cinematic constructions are discussed in terms of the larger context of gender, science, and primatology. Key words: film, gender, Gorillas in the Mist, Instinct,...

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2008-02-01 16:42:44

While hunting among chimpanzees is a group effort, key males, known as "impact hunters" are highly influential within the group. They are more likely to initiate a hunt, and hunts rarely occur in their absence, according to a new study. The findings, which appear in the current issue of Animal Behaviour, shed light on how and why some animals cooperate to hunt for food, and how individual variation among chimpanzees contributes to collective predation. The study was led by Ian Gilby, a...


Latest Primatologists Reference Libraries

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...

American Journal of Primatology
2012-05-07 07:24:54

The American Journal of Primatology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1981. It is the official journal of the American Society of Primatologists. It publishes issues on a monthly basis with one supplementary issue a year detailing the program of the society’s annual meetings. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Paul Garber (University of Illinois). The journal publishes papers in all areas of primatology, including the behavioral ecology, conservation biology,...

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