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chimpanzee game theory
2014-06-06 09:07:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As humans, we tend to take great pride in our position at the top of the food chain. A new study from CalTech, however, shows that, when it comes to competition, we might not rank as high as our cousins, the chimps. The findings, published online in Scientific Reports, found that chimps at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute consistently outperformed humans in simple contests based on game theory. David Levine,...

2012-05-10 22:47:20

People don't always do as their neighbors do, and the same is true of neighboring chimpanzees. That's according to a report published online on May 10 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology featuring observations of wild chimps as they used hammers to crack nuts. "In humans, cultural differences are an essential part of what distinguishes neighboring groups that live in very similar environments," said Lydia Luncz of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig,...

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2011-08-13 06:30:00

While both humans and chimpanzees start out life with key portions of their brains underdeveloped, the rapid growth in these cognitive and decision-making areas that occur in human children are not characteristic of young chimps, a new study has discovered. According to Sindya N. Bhanoo of the New York Times, researchers from Kyoto University in Japan discovered that both species "start out with undeveloped forebrains" but that "the human brain increases in volume much more rapidly early...

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2010-04-26 14:32:53

Two studies in the April 27th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, offer rare glimpses into the ways that chimpanzees deal with the deaths of those closest to them. In one case, researchers describe the final hours and moment of death of an older female chimp living in a small group at a UK safari park as captured on video. In the other, researchers observed as two chimpanzee mothers in the wild carried their infants' mummified remains for a period of weeks after they were lost...

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2009-07-15 12:50:00

A University of Calgary archaeologist who is one of the few researchers in the world studying the material culture of human beings' closest living relatives "“ the great apes "“ is joining his colleagues in creating a new discipline devoted to the history of tool use in all primate species in order to better understand human evolution.Julio Mercader, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Tropical Archaeology in the U of C's Department of Archaeology, is the only Canadian author...

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2008-01-26 00:00:00

During an upcoming episode of Britain's "ËœExtraordinary Animals" program, viewers will be able to see an ape defeat 2004 World Memory Championship winner Ben Pridmore. Ayumu, a seven-year-old male chimp raised in captivity in Japan, did three times as well as Mr. Pridmore at a computer game which involved remembering the position of numbers on a screen. It's a significant accomplishment, considering Mr. Pridmore, a 30-year-old accountant, is capable of memorizing the order of a...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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