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A secret in our saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes

October 18, 2019

Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great…
Primates adjust grooming to their social environment

July 13, 2018

When humans cooperate with others they take their previous experiences with specific individuals into account, as well as…
Improved ape genome assemblies give human evolution insights

June 8, 2018

New, higher-quality assemblies of great ape genomes have now been generated without the guidance of the human reference…
Great apes know when they don’t know

September 8, 2017

It’s a familiar problem: you leave the house and while closing the door, the question whether the stove…
Fossil ape skull confirms African origin of apes and humans

August 10, 2017

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all…
Great apes communicate cooperatively

May 23, 2016

Human language is a fundamentally cooperative enterprise, embodying fast-paced interactions. It has been suggested that it evolved as…
Charisma counts: Focus on great apes creates glaring research gaps in tropical Africa and Asia

February 4, 2016

Large national parks that are home to gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes are focal points for much…
Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think

August 15, 2015

Koko the gorilla is best known for a lifelong study to teach her a silent form of communication,…
Mountain gorilla research shows genetic impact of population decline

April 13, 2015

The first project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas reveals that many harmful genetic variations have been…
Fossil raises puzzling questions about how upright body plan of great apes evolved

February 4, 2015

For decades, scientists have recognized the upright posture exhibited by chimpanzees, gorillas, and humans as a key feature…
The early chimp gets the fig

October 29, 2014

How do our close relatives, the chimpanzees, acquire sufficient food when times are lean? By studying wild chimpanzees…
Apes steal in the nighttime

October 24, 2014

New study shows that apes, whose natural habitat is endangered by human activity, organize cropland robberies. In fact,…
Onset of puberty in female bonobos precedes that of chimpanzees

July 31, 2014

Puberty is the threshold between childhood and adulthood. Behavior and appearance change considerably during this period – not…
Odor communication in wild gorillas

July 10, 2014

This image depicts the silverback on which the study was based. Credit: Michelle Klailova Silverback gorillas appear to…
Discovery sheds new light on the habitat of early apes

February 20, 2014

Baylor University researchers, in collaboration with an international team of scientists, have discovered definitive evidence of the environment…
Human ancestor was less-chimp-like than thought: study

December 4, 2013

Orrorin tugenensis femur. Credit: David Alba The last common ancestor of Man and Ape was not a knuckle-walking,…
Study finds the forgotten ape threatened by human activity and forest loss

November 28, 2013

A recent range-wide study of the bonobo conducted by University of Georgia, University of Maryland, WCS, the Congolese…
Researchers discover rare fossil ape cranium in China

September 11, 2013

Researchers have discovered the cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China.…
Human foot not as unique as originally thought

August 21, 2013

The study analysed 25,000 human steps made on a pressure-sensitive treadmill at the University’s Gait Laboratory Research at…
Great ape genetic diversity catalog frames primate evolution and future conservation

July 10, 2013

A model of great ape history during the past 15 million years has been fashioned through the study…
Do chimps and bonobos go ape when risk goes wrong?

June 6, 2013

Do chimpanzees and bonobos throw tantrums when their decision-making fails to pay off? That’s the question posed in…
Scientists Discover Oldest Evidence of Split Between Old World Monkeys and Apes

May 16, 2013

Two fossil discoveries from the East African Rift reveal new information about the evolution of primates, according to…
The ability to understand numbers is shared by man and his primate cousins

May 10, 2013

Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it’s hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now…
Study shows humans and apes learn language differently

April 3, 2013

How do children learn language? Many linguists believe that the stages that a child goes through when learning…
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