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Chimpanzees evolved to suppress pathogenicity of the precursor of HIV

December 20, 2019

Simian immunodeficiency virus, better known as SIV, is an HIV precursor. In other words, this  monkey- and ape-infecting…
Improved mapping of Swedish genes

September 26, 2019

People – or more specifically just Swedes – are more like chimpanzees than previously known. This is indicated…
Chimpanzee Brain Organoids Hint at Secrets of Human Evolution

February 18, 2019

At some point during human evolution, a handful of genetic changes triggered a dramatic threefold expansion of the…
Baboon Genomes Offer Clues to the Past and Future of Humanity

February 14, 2019

“Once upon a time, in a cave in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia, different types of ancient…
Chimpanzee Brain Organoid Hint at Secrets of Human Evolution

February 12, 2019

At some point during human evolution, a handful of genetic changes triggered a dramatic threefold expansion of the…
Human respiratory viruses continue to spread in wild chimpanzees

January 21, 2019

Less than two years after the first report of wild chimpanzees in Uganda dying as a result of…
Chimpanzees sniff out strangers and family members

October 25, 2018

Primates, including humans, are usually thought of as visual animals with reduced reliance on the sense of smell.…
Bonobos and chimpanzees would understand each other – they share the meaning of some gestures

March 1, 2018

Did you notice that in movies animals can talk between themselves, regardless if they are of different species?…
Chimpanzees don’t need to observe others to know how to use tools

October 1, 2017

Humans as well as animals typically learn through observation – you see others doing something, you absorb this…
Warfare may explain differences in social structures in chimpanzees and bonobos

May 5, 2017

Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, compared data collected from several wild…
Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans

March 21, 2017

A 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda’s Kibale National Park has revealed that, under…
Oxytocin enhances social affiliation in chimpanzee groups

December 28, 2016

The high costs of individuals going to war is perplexing. Individuals are willing to suffer costs in order…
Chimpanzee babysitters – key to quicker reproduction

November 13, 2016

Our complex social orders look incomparable to the ones of animals. We created many institutions, codes and norms,…
A new behavioural variant in wild chimpanzees: Algae fishing in Bakoun, Guinea

November 6, 2016

Chimpanzees often use tools to extract or consume food but which tools they choose for which purpose can…
Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools, video study confirms

October 12, 2016

The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by…
Study: Humans, chimps share cognitive connection

September 9, 2016

Chimpanzees and humans diverge by just over 1 percent of DNA, meaning that, biologically, chimps are more closely…
Study confirms simian ancestors of HIV can infect human cells

July 25, 2016

No one knows exactly how it happened. It may have entered through a cut or bite wound, the…
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…
Why do chimpanzees throw stones at trees?

February 29, 2016

Chimpanzees often use tools to extract or consume food. Which tools they choose for which purpose, however, can…
Sociable Chimps Harbor Richer Gut Microbiomes

January 21, 2016

Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable…
Chimp friendships are based on trust

January 15, 2016

It almost goes without saying that trust is a defining element of genuine human friendship. Now, researchers of…
Young male chimpanzees play more than females with objects, but do not become better tool users

October 9, 2015

Research into differences between chimpanzees and bonobos in ‘preparation’ for tool use reveals intriguing sex bias in object…
Chimpanzees coping with forest loss

August 25, 2015

By collecting faecal samples and analysing them genetically a team of researchers found three times more chimpanzees than…
Chimpanzees consume clay to get needed minerals

July 31, 2015

To compensate for our poor choice of food we tend to use different supplements to get needed minerals.…
Chimps use clay to detox and as a mineral supplement

July 30, 2015

The paper led by the University of Oxford describes how the researchers observed wild chimpanzees in the Budongo…
Chez Chimp: Why our primate cousins don’t cook

June 18, 2015

Once upon a time, the list of behaviors that absolutely distinguished humans and non-human primates was clear and…
Tool use is ‘innate’ in chimpanzees but not bonobos, their closest evolutionary relative

June 17, 2015

First evidence for a species difference in the innate predisposition for tool use in our closest evolutionary cousins…
Lowly ‘New Girl’ Chimps Form Stronger Female Bonds

May 22, 2015

Low-ranking “new girl” chimpanzees seek out other gal pals with similar status, finds a new study of social…
Female chimps more likely to use tools when hunting

April 16, 2015

It was a discovery that changed what researchers knew about the hunting techniques of chimpanzees. In 2007, Jill…
Modeling chimp behavior? Try using laws that govern matter

March 4, 2015

As deforestation, climate change and other pressures threaten habitats, how might chimpanzees adapt? An interdisciplinary research team has…
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