Tag: Primates

Scientists Figure Out How Human Brains Became 6 Times Larger Than Expected

Humans have larger brains than other animals but scientists have always struggled to learn why that is. Scientists now say that they have figured out how and why human brains became so large.

Ancient May 24, 2018

Intelligent Baboons Use Team Work To Temporarily Escape Research Facility

Four baboons escaped an animal testing facility in Texas over the weekend. One bright baboon used a blue barrel to scale the wall of its enclosure, and others followed suit.

Animals April 18, 2018

Snow Monkeys Cut Stress During Winter By Taking Hot Baths

Who says hot baths are relaxing only for humans? Japanese macaques are fluffy primates who love lounging in hot springs but for a good reason: it helps in regulating their body temperatures during harsh winter months.

Animals April 5, 2018

Dopamine Makes Us Smarter Than Apes: Other Ways 'Happy Hormone' Makes Us Human

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

Dopamine Is The Reason Why Humans Are So Unique From Other Animals

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

45-Million-Year Old Finger And Toe Fossils From China Suggests Early Human Ancestors Came From Asia

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

Orangutan Moms Are Breastfeeding Champs That Nurse Kids For Up To 9 Years

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

Fruit-Filled Diet Responsible For Bigger Brain In Primates: Study

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

Live Long And Prosper: Restricting Calories Helps Rhesus Monkeys Live Longer, Healthier Lives

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

More Than Half Of World's Primates Threatened With Extinction

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

Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon: New Ape Species Named After Star Wars Jedi Character

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

Lemur-Like African Primate Galago Inspires Design Of Fast Leaping Robot

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

Bacteria In Our Gut Have Existed Even Before We Became Humans

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

Primates Enjoy Booze: Can It Hint At The Roots Of Alcoholism?

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 For At Least 700 Years

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

Had There Been No Global Cooling, Primate Evolution Could Have Continued In Asia: Study

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

Primates Stressed Out By Climate Change Altered Human History

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

Virus-Fighting Protein In Primates May Have Sped Up Evolution

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

PacBio's SMRT Sequencing Could Open Secrets Of Gorilla Genome And Human Disease

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

Your Nose Is A Bad Air Conditioner And A New Study Tries To Answer Why Humans Have Protruding Noses

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

Manta Rays Recognize Their Reflection In Mirror And May Be Self-Aware

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

Scientists Probe For Secret Of Why Ancient 'King Kong' Ape Went Extinct

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

Humans Evolved To Have More Efficient Sleep: Study

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

More Than Half Of World's Primates On The Brink Of Extinction

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

Can Chimps Learn New Accent? Some Scientists Do Not Think So

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

Why Do Humans Have Weird Eyes?

No other primates have 'whites' in their eyes. Why? It's partly to sniff out liars.

Feature October 15, 2015

Scientists Find Fossils Of Earliest Baboon Species In South Africa

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

Bonobos Speak And Squeak Like Human Babies, But Is It Communication?

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

No Monkey Business! Victoriapithecus Had Tiny But Complex Brain

Victoriapithecus is a rare primate from 15 million years ago that could unravel a great mystery of biology.

July 6, 2015

Last-Ditch Effort To Save World's Rarest Ape: Only 25 Hainan Gibbons Still Exist

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 Drug Proves Effective For Monkeys In Trials

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

Chimps With Human Rights? Not So Fast, Says Judge

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

Why Do Hipsters Grow Beards? Here's The Answer

A new study suggests that men grow beards for the same reason that proboscis monkeys develop extended noses.

Life March 28, 2015

Ebola Killing Off a Third of World's Gorilla Population

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

Congress Asks for Investigation of NIH Monkey Lab

Experiments on macaque monkeys expose the primates to alcohol, stress, and pain. Is this science, or animal cruelty?

January 2, 2015

Why Humans are Smarter than Chimps? Thank this Brain Network

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

Hic! Taste for Alcohol Developed by Human Ancestors 10 Million Years Ago

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

Human Love Affair with Alcohol Started 10 Million Years Ago

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 Chimps More Likely to Mate, Have Offspring

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

Why Some Mammal Species Kill Their Babies: The Evolution of Infanticide

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

Opportunity, Not Necessity, Gave Rise to Primates' Inventions

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

Chimps experience Cultural Revolution by sharing new tools

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

An inner struggle: How genes fought to shape human evolution

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

Gibbon genome sequencing lets boffins understand rapid chromosomal rearrangement

Genetic sequencing of gibbons was completed for the first time, potentially leading to advances in cancer research.

Animals September 13, 2014

Experimental drug for Ebola cousin holds promise

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

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