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Gene enhancer in evolution of human opposable thumb
Scientists have discovered gene enhancer, known as HACNS1, that may have contributed to evolution of uniquely opposable human thumb, and possibly also modifications in ankle or foot that allow humans to walk on two legs, according to paper published in Science, Sept. (2008-09-04)
Chimpanzees help researchers improve machine learning of animal simulations
Researchers at The University of Manchester are using computer simulations of chimpanzees to improve not only our understanding of how the animals walk, but also the technology we use to do it. (2018-03-06)
Viruses can evolve in parallel in related species
Viruses are more likely to evolve in similar ways in related species -- raising the risk that they will 'jump' from one species to another, new research shows. (2018-04-12)
Kent State research group publishes analysis of primate brains in top science journal
How different are human brains compared to the brains of other primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys? (2017-11-30)
Comparison of primate brains hints at what makes us human
A detailed comparative analysis of human, chimpanzee and macaque brains reveals elements that make the human brain unique, including cortical circuits underlying production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. (2017-11-23)
Small but distinct differences among species mark evolution of human brain
The most dramatic divergence between humans and other primates can be found in the brain, the primary organ that gives our species its identity. (2017-11-23)
How does HIV escape cellular booby traps?
Utilizing the humanized mouse model, researchers find that simian immunodeficiency virus, SIV, evolved to infect humans as HIV via Vpu evolving to inhibiting tetherin. (2018-04-04)
Dogs, toddlers show similarities in social intelligence
University of Arizona researcher Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center, found that dogs and 2-year-old children show similar patterns in social intelligence, much more so than human children and one of their closest relatives: chimpanzees. (2017-02-27)
Unlike people, bonobos don't 'look for the helpers'
By the age of three months, human babies can already follow Mr. (2018-01-04)
Virginia Tech researchers find human virus in chimpanzees
After studying chimpanzees in the Tanzania's Mahale Mountains National Park for the past year, Virginia Tech researcher Dr. (2008-06-03)
Anti-virus protein in humans may resist transmission of HIV-1 precursor from chimps
In humans, an anti-virus protein known as APOBEC3H may defend against cross-species transmission from chimpanzees of the virus that gave rise to HIV-1. (2017-12-21)
Chimpanzee self-control is related to intelligence, Georgia State study finds
As is true in humans, chimpanzees' general intelligence is correlated to their ability to exert self-control and delay gratification, according to new research at Georgia State University. (2018-02-08)
Bonobo and chimpanzee gestures share multiple meanings
Two closely related great ape species, the bonobo and chimpanzee, use gestures that share the same meaning researchers have found. (2018-02-27)
Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Chimpanzee brains may be more different from those of humans than was previously thought, according to new research that sheds light on our evolution. (2017-11-15)
Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood
Female chimps that lack supportive friends and family wait longer to start having babies, Duke University researchers find. (2017-11-20)
Dogs share food with other dogs even in complex situations
Dogs also share their food, albeit mainly with four-legged friends rather than strangers. (2017-01-27)
Why do chimpanzees throw stones at trees?
Newly discovered stone tool-use behavior and accumulation sites in wild chimpanzees are reminiscent to human cairns. (2016-03-03)
Study identifies energy efficiency as reason for evolution of upright walking
A new study provides support for the hypothesis that walking on two legs, or bipedalism, evolved because it used less energy than quadrupedal knucklewalking. (2007-07-16)
'Uniquely human' muscles have been discovered in apes
Muscles believed to be unique to humans have been discovered in several ape species, challenging long-held anthropocentric theories on the origin and evolution of human soft tissues. (2018-05-23)
Chimpanzees can learn how to use tools without observing others
New observations have lead researchers to believe that chimpanzees can use tools spontaneously to solve a task, without needing to watch others first. (2017-09-28)
Chimpanzee deaths in Uganda pinned on human cold virus
In the wild, chimpanzees face any number of dire threats, ranging from poachers to predators to deforestation. (2017-12-13)
Massive study across western equatorial Africa finds more gorillas and chimpanzees than expected
A massive decade-long study of Western Equatorial Africa's gorillas and chimpanzees has uncovered both good news and bad about our nearest relatives. (2018-04-25)
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry
The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. (2017-08-09)
Aging bonobos in the wild could use reading glasses too
As people age, they often find that it's more difficult to see things up close. (2016-11-07)
Reconstruction of ancient chromosomes offers insight into mammalian evolution
Researchers have gone back in time, at least virtually, computationally recreating the chromosomes of the first eutherian mammal, the long-extinct, shrewlike ancestor of all placental mammals. (2017-06-21)
Long-term logging study demonstrates impacts on chimpanzees and gorillas (Republic of Congo)
Research has shown human disturbance can have detrimental effects on great ape populations but now, due to a study published in Biological Conservation on Nov. (2017-11-27)
Adult chimpanzees play more than adult lowland gorillas in captivity
Play is more frequent in captive adult chimpanzees than in captive adult lowland gorillas, according to a study published March 7, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Giada Cordoni and Elisabetta Palagi from Univerity of Pisa in collaboration with Ivan Norscia from University of Turin. (2018-03-07)
Chimpanzees start using a new tool-use gesture during an alpha male take over
Similar to humans, non-human primates combine gestures, facial expressions, and vocalizations in various ways to communicate effectively. (2018-06-28)
In a last 'stronghold' for endangered chimpanzees, survey finds drastic decline
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. (2008-10-13)
Fish provide insight into the evolution of the immune system
New research reveals how immune systems can evolve resistance to parasites. (2017-11-06)
Rwanda conservation effort to link isolated chimps to distant forest
Some 15 chimpanzees facing extinction in an isolated Rwandan forest have a greater chance for survival thanks to one of Africa's most ambitious forest restoration efforts ever. (2008-03-18)
Why humans outlive apes
The same evolutionary genetic advantages that have helped increase human lifespans also make us uniquely susceptible to diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease and dementia, reveals a study to be published in a special PNAS collection on (2010-01-25)
How infighting turns toxic for chimpanzees
How did a once-unified community of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, end up at each other's throats? (2018-03-26)
What grosses out a chimpanzee?
Chimps show increased latencies to feed, and tendencies to maintain greater distances from possible contaminants and/or outright refusals to consume food in test conditions, hinting at the origins of disgust in humans. (2017-11-17)
Congo plans to safeguard biodiversity with new protected areas
The Republic of Congo announced today plans to expand its protected area network for the purpose of further conserving the region's immense biodiversity, one of the key goals of the 7th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-7). (2004-02-19)
Researchers gain insight into infant handling by young bonobos
University of Oregon anthropologist Klaree Boose followed her intuition about her observations of bonobos at a US zoo. (2018-06-19)
Killer whales share personality traits with humans, chimpanzees
Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. (2018-11-15)
Genetic opposites attract when chimpanzees choose a mate
Duke University researchers find that chimpanzees are more likely to reproduce with mates whose genetic makeup most differs from their own. (2017-01-11)
Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes
New research uses innovative data modeling to predict which species acted as an intermediary between our ancestors and those of chimpanzees to carry HSV2 -- the genital herpes virus -- across the species barrier. (2017-10-01)
What gorilla poop tells us about evolution and human health
A study of the microbiomes of wild gorillas and chimpanzees offers insights into the evolution of the human microbiome and might even have implications for human health. (2018-05-03)
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