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A filter that shaped evolution of primates in Asia
By studying fossils from southern China, scientists have gained insights into how primates in Asia evolved to resemble the array seen today. (2016-05-05)
Researchers examine closest living relative to primates
Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, in collaboration with scientists representing institutions around the world, have discovered the closest living relative to primates. (2007-11-01)
New fossil reveals primates lingered in Texas
More than 40 million years ago, primates preferred Texas to northern climates that were significantly cooling, according to new fossil evidence discovered by Chris Kirk, physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin. (2008-10-13)
Primates expect others to act rationally
Researchers in the Department of Psychology in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences have found that when understanding behavior, primates assume rationality and make inferences based on environmental restraints. (2007-09-06)
Group calls for more transparency of experiments on primates
Thousands of nonhuman primates continue to be confined alone in laboratories despite 30-year-old federal regulations and guidelines mandating that social housing of primates should be the default. (2015-07-30)
Ancient rodent's brain was big ... but not necessarily 'smart'
Ancient rodent Paramys had a large brain that was even larger than some primitive primates of the same era. (2016-01-27)
Researchers find an evolutionarily preserved signature in the primate brain
Researchers have determined that there are hundreds of biological differences between the sexes when it comes to gene expression in the cerebral cortex of humans and other primates. (2008-06-19)
Chew on this: Study of ancient teeth bites theory of early primate disappearance
Fifty-six million years ago, just before earth's carbon dioxide levels and average temperatures soared, many species of primitive primates went extinct in North America for reasons unclear to scientists. (2016-03-08)
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)
UEA research gives first in-depth analysis of primate eating habits
From insect-munching tamarins to leaf-loving howler monkeys, researchers at the University of East Anglia have compiled the most thorough review of primate eating habits to date. (2013-12-05)
Seeing the serpent
The ability to spot venomous snakes may have played a major role in the evolution of monkeys, apes and humans. (2006-07-20)
Tarsiers' bulging eyes shed light on evolution of human vision
After eons of wandering in the dark, primates developed highly acute, three-color vision that permitted them to shift to daytime living, a new Dartmouth College study suggests. (2013-03-27)
Six new fossil species form 'snapshot' of primates stressed by ancient climate change
These primates eked out an existence just after the Eocene-Oligocene transition, when drastic cooling slashed their populations, rendering discoveries of such fossils especially rare. (2016-05-05)
A better grasp of primate grip
Scientists are coming to grips with the superior grasping ability of humans and other primates throughout history. (2015-04-20)
Pythons and people take turns as predators and prey
People and giant snakes not only target each other for food -- they also compete for the same prey, according to a study co-authored by a Cornell University researcher. (2011-12-14)
Which came first: Primates' ability to see colorful food or see colorful sex?
Primates have a unique ability to distinguish red from green, but the reason why has been debated: Was it first to see ripe red fruit against green leaves or was it first the mating systems that communicate through red in skin and hair? (2007-06-25)
Two antibodies are better than one for preventing HIV infection
A cocktail of two broadly-neutralizing HIV-1 antibodies (bNAbs) protected primates against infection with a mixed population of HIV viruses -- conditions that mimic real-world transmission -- researchers report. (1969-12-31)
54-million-year-old skull reveals early evolution of primate brains
Researchers at the University of Florida and the University of Winnipeg have developed the first detailed images of a primitive primate brain, unexpectedly revealing that cousins of our earliest ancestors relied on smell more than sight. (2009-06-22)
How did primate brains get so big?
Virtual brains reconstructed from ancient, kiwi-sized primate skulls could help resolve one of the most intriguing evolutionary mysteries: how modern primates developed large brains. (2016-08-11)
Humans march to a faster genetic 'drummer' than primates, UC Riverside research says
A team of biochemists from UC Riverside published a paper in the June 11 issue of the Journal of Molecular Biology that gives one explanation for why humans and primates are so closely related genetically, but so clearly different biologically and intellectually. (2004-08-30)
New UF study reveals oldest primate lived in trees
Say 'primate' and most people wouldn't think of a tree-dwelling, squirrel-like creature that weighs no more than a deck of playing cards, but a new study suggests that may perfectly describe humans' earliest primate ancestors. (2015-01-20)
Mans' closest relationship under strain? New research reveals why chimpanzees attack humans
Scientists from Kyoto University, Japan, studying chimpanzees in Guinea have published research revealing why primates attack humans and what prevention measures can be taken. (2010-08-11)
Nonhuman primate males more susceptible to age-related cognitive decline than females
Research conducted in nonhuman primates shows male nonhuman primates are more susceptible to age-related cognitive decline. (2005-02-10)
One monoclonal antibody protects against 2 lethal viruses
A new study reports that one human monoclonal antibody therapy protected nonhuman primates from the lethal hemorrhagic fevers caused by both Marburg and Ravn viruses. (2017-04-05)
Microbes provide insights into evolution of human language
Big brains do not explain why only humans use sophisticated language, according to researchers who have discovered that even a species of pond life communicates by similar methods. (2014-04-23)
New strains of parasites identified
McGill researchers have discovered that there are three genetically distinct groups of whipworms -- and that only one of the three appears to be transmissible between humans and non-human primates. (2015-01-12)
Urban athletes show that for orangutans, it pays to sway
Swaying trees is the way to go, if you are a primate crossing the jungle. (2012-07-04)
Yale study of long-term learning deficits resulting from repeated amphetamine exposure could help drug abusers
Repeated exposure to low-dose amphetamines can cause deficits in cognitive performance that last for several years after the exposure ends, offering insight into potential harmful effects of chronic substance abuse in humans, a Yale study has found. (1999-10-25)
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)
Fragile bones of modern humans result from reduced physical activity
The comparatively light bone structure of modern humans compared to early human species and other modern primates may be due to the modern abandonment of the constant physical activity that was inherent in the life of early hunter gathers, according to an international team of researchers. (2014-12-22)
Research reveals new clues about how humans become tool users
New research from the University of Georgia department of psychology gives researchers a unique glimpse at how humans develop an ability to use tools in childhood while nonhuman primates -- such as capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees -- remain only occasional tool users. (2015-10-08)
Fossil ankles indicate Earth's earliest primates lived in trees
Earth's earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles. (2015-01-19)
Scientist challenges interpretation of new find, the oldest primate fossil ever discovered
A skull and jawbones recently found in China is the oldest well-preserved primate fossil ever discovered and the best evidence of the presence of early primates in Asia. (2003-12-31)
Global threat to primates concerns us all
In cooperation with an international team of experts, scientists from the German Primate Center demand immediate measures to protect primates. (2017-01-19)
Testis size matters for genome evolution
In the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, author Alex Wong used a published sequence dataset from 55 species of primates to test for a correlation between molecular evolutionary rates across a genome (substitution rates) and testes weights, used in the study as a proxy for increased sperm production and competition. (2014-03-05)
Tree-dwelling mammals climb to the heights of longevity
The squirrels littering your lawn with acorns as they bound overhead will live to plague your yard longer than the ones that aerate it with their burrows, according to a University of Illinois study. (2010-02-24)
A neural explanation for 'monkey see, monkey do'
Researchers have identified a neural circuit in primates that is exclusively devoted to the analysis of social interactions, like grooming, playing, and fighting. (2017-05-18)
Major obesity gene is 'lost in the shuffle'
Scientists from The University of Tokyo announce that gibbons do not carry a major obesity gene that is present in the genomes of all other primates, including humans. (2006-03-31)
Brains reflect sex differences
When male primates tussle and females develop their social skills it leaves a permanent mark -- on their brains. (2007-05-10)
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