Humans are more intelligent than other primates possibly because they produce more dopamine. Here are other ways the brain signalling chemical influences human characteristics and behavior:
Neuroscience November 26, 2017
For years, scientists have asked the same question over and over. What makes the human brain so different from other species on Earth? Well, perhaps it’s dopamine.
Neuroscience November 24, 2017
The fossils of nearly 500 tiny fingers and toes of primates, dating back to 45 million years ago, was recently detailed by researchers. The findings have suggested that the early ancestors of humans came from Asia.
Ancient November 13, 2017
Orangutans nurse longer than any other mammal, sometimes into the ninth year of life. Find out what drives this long breastfeeding in orangutans and how the food supply affects weaning in these primates.
Animals May 18, 2017
A new study has found that fruit consuming primates have bigger brains than other species. However, previous studies asserted that not only the diet, but complex social structures also helped create bigger brains in the primates.
Animals March 28, 2017
A joint study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NIA found that rhesus monkeys on planned nutritious diets with restricted calories lived longer and healthier. However, efficacy in curbing diseases and prolonging age was also linked to other factors.
Animals January 19, 2017
About 60 percent of primate species face possible extinction and 75 percent suffer from declining numbers. What are the factors that pose threats to primate populations?
Animals January 19, 2017
A Jedi name for a gibbon? Scientists named a newly recognized species of hoolock gibbon after Luke Skywalker of 'Star Wars.' Fewer than 200 of these primates live in China.
Animals January 12, 2017
The galago, a lemur-like primate found in Africa, inspired the designs of the new robot named SALTO. What are the abilities and potential applications of this new robot?
Robotics December 7, 2016
Some of the bacteria in our intestines are already with us at least 15 million years ago, when humans were still pre-human apes. The research suggests gut bacteria is partly determined by evolution.
Feature | Science July 22, 2016
Two monkey-like primate species appear to enjoy drinking 'booze' in the jungle, a new study revealed. The findings may help scientists pinpoint the roots of alcoholism or too much alcohol consumption in humans.
Animals July 21, 2016
Capuchin monkeys in Brazil use stone tools to open cashew nuts. Stone tools unearthed by archaeologists revealed these animals have been using tool technology for at least 700 years, before Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World.
Animals July 13, 2016
Although primates evolved into humans, apes and monkeys in Africa, they first emerged in Asia. A new study suggests that had there been no global cooling, primates could have continued to evolve in Asia instead of Africa.
Ancient May 6, 2016
Global cooling tens of millions of years ago led to a radical change in populations of primates. These changes may have also altered the course of human evolution.
Animals May 6, 2016
Researchers found that a virus-fighting protein may have helped speed up evolution. Evolution has always been known as a gradual process but the findings of the new study suggest otherwise.
Animals April 9, 2016
A new sequencing technique allows scientists to carefully study the genome of lowland gorillas like never before possible. How can this study assist knowledge of our own species?
Animals March 31, 2016
Do you ever wonder how evolution affects the way our nose works? A Japanese research looked into that and revealed we don't do so well compared to our primate relatives.
Life March 26, 2016
Could giant manta rays actually be self-aware and pass the mirror test? Some experts are skeptical, believing it's only humans and some great apes that are capable of self-awareness.
Animals March 23, 2016
An ancient giant ape was probably doomed by climate change, researchers say. Restricted to one kind of habitat and limited food choices, the 'King Kong' ape proved unable to adapt to environmental change, they say.
January 7, 2016
Human sleep is remarkably shorter than those of other primates, so how did it get to that kind of efficiency? Researchers studying the evolution of human sleep attributed this to the transition from sleeping in 'tree beds' to sleeping on the ground.
Life December 15, 2015
International experts warned that over half of the world's primates such as monkeys, lemurs and apes are on the brink of extinction. The huge reduction in numbers can be traced to widespread destruction of the primates' natural habitat and other man-made activities such as illegal wildlife trading and killing primates for wild meat.
Earth/Environment November 25, 2015
A group of scientists disputed the findings of the chimp accent study published in February this year. They said the method used and presentation of data were flawed.
Animals November 4, 2015
No other primates have 'whites' in their eyes. Why? It's partly to sniff out liars.
Feature October 15, 2015
A group of scientists was able to discover fossils of the earliest baboons in South Africa. The specimen is said to have an important contributory value to the further understanding of early baboon anatomy.
August 21, 2015
Human babies just a few months old are capable of carrying out communication by a means thought to be uniquely human. Now, bonobos have been heard doing the same thing.
August 4, 2015
Victoriapithecus is a rare primate from 15 million years ago that could unravel a great mystery of biology.
July 6, 2015
Conservationists are in a race to save the Hainan gibbon, as only a tiny population still lives in China. One plan is to build artificial tree bridges in the forest canopy to help the gibbons expand their range.
Animals May 19, 2015
Experimental Ebola drugs shows promising results, at least in primates. The latest Ebola outbreak has killed more than 10,700 people in West Africa.
Life April 23, 2015
A New York judge signed court papers inadvertently recognizing personhood for two chimpanzees. The order has since been amended, but animal rights activists are nevertheless claiming the move as a victory.
Internet Culture April 23, 2015
A new study suggests that men grow beards for the same reason that proboscis monkeys develop extended noses.
Life March 28, 2015
Ebola may have killed off one-third of gorillas in the world, according to a new study. What can be done to save our primate cousins?
Healthy Living/Wellness January 23, 2015
Experiments on macaque monkeys expose the primates to alcohol, stress, and pain. Is this science, or animal cruelty?
January 2, 2015
Chimps may appear more cunning but humans are still smarter, according to a study. Brain differences show people still have higher cognitive abilities than other primates.
December 6, 2014
Our human ancestors evolved the ability to drink alcohol long before we learned to ferment intoxicating drinks. The ability may have allowed them to dine on fermenting fruits when food was scarce.
December 3, 2014
Humans and alcohol? It’s a tale as old as time. Well, about 10 million years old to be exact, according to a study.
December 3, 2014
Aggressive male chimpanzees who use their strength to sexually intimidate females sire more offspring than more passive males, a new study has found.
November 13, 2014
Infanticide in some mammal species is more common than thought and may be a product of evolution, study suggests. In some species it is a greater cause of death than predators or disease, researchers say.
Animals November 13, 2014
When opportunity knocks, non-human primates take advantage of it and learn tool use, researchers say. The local environment provides both the opportunity and the reason for tool use, they suggest.
November 13, 2014
Chimpanzees are able to teach each other new ways of using tools in the wild, a new study from Uganda reveals.
Animals October 2, 2014
The primate genome has been the scene of a long battle between proteins and genes. This struggle has shaped the evolution of humans for millions of years.
September 30, 2014
Genetic sequencing of gibbons was completed for the first time, potentially leading to advances in cancer research.
Animals September 13, 2014
Marburg, the simian version of Ebola, has been successfully tested in primates, and may show how a human drug could be developed.
Life August 24, 2014
Chimpanzees may be able to tell us quite a bit about the roles of heredity versus environment in the development of human intelligence.
Animals July 12, 2014
Study of genes' role in chimpanzee intelligence shows that smarts are inheritable. Findings strongly support nature over nurture, researchers say.
July 11, 2014
Guenon monkeys have distinctive faces, making it easy to tell one species from another - but why did these stylish animals evolve?
Animals June 27, 2014