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Chimpanzees lose their behavioral and cultural diversity
Chimpanzees are well known for their extraordinary diversity of behaviors, with some behaviors also exhibiting cultural variation. (2019-03-07)
To tool or not to tool?
Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. (2019-02-14)
Human mutation rate has slowed recently
Researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, and Copenhagen Zoo have discovered that the human mutation rate is significantly slower than for our closest primate relatives. (2019-01-22)
Late Miocene ape maxilla (upper jaw) discovered in western India
An ape maxilla (upper jaw) from the Late Miocene found in the Kutch basin, in western India, significantly extends the southern range of ancient apes in the Indian Peninsula, according to a study published in Nov. (2018-11-14)
Re-inventing the hook
Cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists from the University of Vienna, the University of St Andrews and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna around Isabelle Laumer and Alice Auersperg studied hook tool making for the first time in a non-human primate species -- the orangutan. (2018-11-08)
Contrary to government report, orangutans continue to decline
A recent report by the Government of Indonesia claiming an increase in orangutan populations of more than 10 percent from 2015 to 2017 is at odds with many recently published and peer-reviewed scientific studies on the subject, according to a letter in Current Biology on Nov. (2018-11-05)
Despite government claims, orangutan populations have not increased
Leipzig/Brunei. Orangutan populations are still declining rapidly, despite claims by the Indonesian Government that things are looking better for the red apes. (2018-11-05)
Rethinking the orangutan
The evolution of the orangutan has been more heavily influenced by humans than was previously thought, new research reveals. (2018-06-27)
Computational method puts finer point on multispecies genomic comparisons
A new computational tool will potentially help geneticists to better understand what makes a human a human, or how to differentiate species in general, by providing more detailed comparative information about genome function. (2018-06-20)
Wildfires may cause long-term health problems for endangered orangutans
Orangutans, already critically endangered due to habitat loss from logging and farming, may face another threat in the form of smoke from natural and human-caused fires, a Rutgers University-New Brunswick study finds. (2018-05-15)
Alligators on the beach? Killer whales in rivers? Get used to it
Sightings of alligators and other large predators in places where conventional wisdom says they 'shouldn't be' have increased in recent years, in large part because local populations, once hunted to near-extinction, are rebounding. (2018-05-07)
Rutgers student on front lines of orangutan conservation, research
Didik Prasetyo's passion is learning more about the endangered apes and trying to conserve their habitats and populations, which face enormous pressure from deforestation from logging, palm oil and paper pulp production and hunting. (2018-03-15)
In 16 years, Borneo lost more than 100,000 orangutans
Over a 16-year period, about half of the orangutans living on the island of Borneo were lost as a result of changes in land cover. (2018-02-15)
Dramatic decline of Bornean orangutans
Nearly 50 years of conservation efforts have been unable to prevent orangutan numbers on Borneo from plummeting. (2018-02-15)
Use of primate 'actors' misleading millions of viewers
More needs to be done to educate audiences, including viewers at home and filmmakers, on the unethical nature of using primates in the film industry, says a leading expert in a new study. (2018-01-17)
Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo
About 40 percent of northern Malaysian Borneo's carbon stocks exist in forests that are not designated for maximum protections, according to new research from the Carnegie Airborne Observatory team. (2017-12-04)
Newly discovered orangutan species is 'among the most threatened great apes in the world'
Scientists have long recognized six living species of great ape aside from humans: Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos. (2017-11-02)
UZH anthropologists describe third orangutan species
Previously only two species of orangutans were recognized -- the Bornean and the Sumatran orangutan. (2017-11-02)
Humans don't use as much brainpower as we like to think
When it comes to brainpower, humans aren't as exceptional as we like to think. (2017-10-31)
Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming
National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of global warming, a new study shows. (2017-10-27)
Researchers identify protein that could reduce death, improve symptoms in flu and other infections
A new study by researchers has identified an innovative strategy for treating influenza, and perhaps other infectious diseases as well. (2017-09-29)
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)
Bornean orangutans' canopy movements flag conservation targets
Bornean orangutans living in forests impacted by human commerce seek areas of denser canopy enclosure, taller trees, and sections with trees of uniform height, according to new research. (2017-07-18)
Wild orangutan teeth provide insight into human breast-feeding evolution
Biomarkers in the teeth of wild orangutans indicate nursing patterns related to food fluctuations in their habitats, which can help guide understanding of breast-feeding evolution in humans, according to a study published today in Science Advances. (2017-05-17)
Orangutans suckle for up to eight years, teeth reveal
Researchers have developed a method for tracking characteristically elusive nursing patterns in primates and used it to discover that some immature orangutans suckle for eight years or more -- exceeding the maximum weaning age reported for other non-human primates. (2017-05-17)
Study could provide first clues about the social lives of extinct human relatives
A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) of the bony head-crests of male gorillas could provide some of the first clues about the social structures of our extinct human relatives, including how they chose their sexual partners. (2017-05-03)
Hormone-influenced social strategies shape human social hierarchy, study shows
In a game of chicken, the most aggressive players are fueled by testosterone and are more willing to harm others; and while it may be easy to demonize such hawkish behaviors, psychology researchers from The University of Texas at Austin say there is sound evolutionary reason for their existence. (2017-04-24)
Like people, great apes may distinguish between true and false beliefs in others
Great apes help a person access an object when that person thinks they knows where it is but is mistaken, according to a study published April 5, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by David Buttelmann from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany, and colleagues. (2017-04-05)
From Beethoven to Bieber, why playing music to chimps is falling on deaf ears
Playing music to captive chimpanzees has no positive effect on their welfare, researchers have concluded. (2017-03-29)
Newfound primate teeth take a big bite out of the evolutionary tree of life
Fossil hunters have found part of an ancient primate jawbone related to lemurs -- the primitive primate group distantly connected to monkeys, apes and humans, a USC researcher said. (2017-02-27)
Researchers document second case of 'Down syndrome' in chimps
Japanese researchers have confirmed the second case known to science of a chimpanzee born with trisomy 22, a chromosomal defect similar to that of Down syndrome (or trisomy 21) in humans. (2017-02-21)
An application of astronomy to save endangered species
The world's first project that combines drone technology with astrophysics to monitor the distribution and density of animal populations to help the conservation of endangered species. (2017-02-06)
New broad-spectrum antiviral protein can inhibit HIV, other pathogens in some primates
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered that a protein-coding gene called Schlafen11 (SLFN11) may induce a broad-spectrum cellular response against infection by viruses including HIV-1. (2017-01-18)
Exploring the evolutionary history of the immune system
Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have found that human ALOX15 appears to have developed a much higher capacity to stimulate the production of these lipid mediators than the enzyme variant found in lower primates. (2016-12-09)
Apes understand that some things are all in your head
Bonobos, chimpanzees and orangutans understand that others can be convinced of something that is not true. (2016-10-10)
Great apes can 'read minds'
Great apes watching a hide-and-seek video can process false beliefs, the notion that someone's understanding of a situation may not be congruent with reality. (2016-10-07)
Apes demonstrate human-like understanding of what others believe
Apes can correctly anticipate that humans will look for a hidden item in a specific location, even if the apes know that item is no longer there, a new study reveals. (2016-10-06)
Apes understand that some things are all in your head
We all know that the way someone sees the world, and the way it really is, aren't always the same. (2016-10-06)
Looking to saliva to gain insight on evolution
There's no need to reinvent the genetic wheel. That's one lesson of a new study that looks to the saliva of humans, gorillas, orangutans, macaques and African green monkeys for insights into evolution. (2016-08-25)
Total number of neurons -- not enlarged prefrontal region -- hallmark of human brain
New study has determined that the total number of neurons, not an enlarged prefrontal region, differentiates the human brain from those of other primates. (2016-08-10)
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