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Researchers reconstruct spoken words as processed in nonhuman primate brains

December 31, 2019

Using a brain-computer interface, a team of researchers has reconstructed English words from the brain activity of rhesus…
Study finds new human ancestor, earliest evidence of walking on two legs

November 11, 2019

Our upright posture may have originated in a common ancestor of humans and great apes who lived in…
Macaques are using their stone tools in many different ways, but not because of different environments

October 30, 2019

We consider using tools as being a tremendous sign of intelligence. Animals that can use tools are smarter…
Rasmussen’s posthumous publication solves ancient monkey mystery

April 2, 2019

Nearly five years after his death, colleagues of Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist D. Tab Rasmussen are…
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.…
A starring role for nonhuman primates in the stem cell story

September 19, 2018

When Jamie Thomson, director of regenerative biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research, addressed a room of admirers…
New research could reduce primate electrocutions and help conservation strategies

September 10, 2018

The study, published in International Journal of Primatology, led by Master’s student Lydia Katsis and Dr Katy Turner, Reader in…
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…
Lemurs can smell weakness in each other

July 10, 2018

Some people watch the competition carefully for the slightest signs of weakness. Lemurs, on the other hand, just…
Stop and smell the fruit

April 22, 2018

Needing to smell different food sources may have been the evolutionary force causing certain primates to keep genes…
Macaques quickly adapted to the change of environment and learned to use hammer and anvil

March 23, 2018

We judge animal‘s intelligence by its ability to use tools. It requires skills and ingenuity. Furthermore, animals somehow…
Small but distinct differences among species mark evolution of human brain

November 24, 2017

The most dramatic divergence between humans and other primates can be found in the brain, the primary organ…
Researcher seeks relief for employees of scientifically important island hit by hurricane

October 25, 2017

Cayo Santiago is a tiny, curiously shaped island not far from Puerto Rico’s eastern shore. A bit larger…
Chimps could hold key to good gut health

October 13, 2017

The gut health of our closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee, will be examined in a study by The…
Marmoset babies get a boost from attentive fathers

October 2, 2017

Good fathers make for healthier kids, according to a study of some of nature’s best fathers: marmosets. Fathers…
New research detects Alzheimer’s disease markers in nonhuman primates

August 21, 2017

As a part of their research to understand the evolution of the human brain and how it differs…
Studying an elusive South African primate

August 2, 2017

At a remote South African research field site, CU Boulder professor Michelle Sauther and alumnus Frank Cuozzo are…
Fossil skeleton confirms earliest primates were tree dwellers

May 31, 2017

Earth’s earliest primates dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to an analysis of a 62-million-year-old partial…
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…
Enlargement of Brain Volume in Some Primates Driven by Diet, not Social Complexity

March 31, 2017

The social brain hypothesis holds that increases in brain volume in primates had been driven primarily by the…
Newfound primate teeth fill a gap in the evolutionary tree of life

March 7, 2017

Fossil hunters have found part of an ancient primate jawbone related to lemurs — the primitive primate group…
Impending extinction crisis for non-human primates spurs a call for action

January 19, 2017

The plight of Earth’s primates has prompted researchers around the world to call for sweeping societal changes before…
What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

January 17, 2017

For the past several years, Jessica Cantlon has been working to understand how humans develop the concept of…
Neuroscience researchers restore leg movement in primates

November 10, 2016

An international team of scientists has used a wireless “brain-spinal interface” to bypass spinal cord injuries in a…
Apes understand that some things are all in your head

October 9, 2016

We all know that the way someone sees the world, and the way it really is, are not…
New species of early anthropoid primate found amid Libyan strife

November 25, 2015

During upheaval in Libya in 2013, a window of opportunity opened for scientists from the University of Kansas…
‘Rat vision’ may give humans best sight of all

November 19, 2015

Humans have the best of all possible visual worlds because our full stereo vision combines with primitive visual…
The million year old monkey: new evidence confirms the antiquity of fossil primate from the Dominican Republic

September 8, 2015

An international team of scientists have dated a species of fossil monkey found across the Caribbean to just…
How long have primates been infected with viruses related to HIV?

August 22, 2015

Disease-causing viruses engage their hosts in ongoing arms races: positive selection for antiviral genes increases host fitness and…
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…
Baboons follow the majority

July 20, 2015

Baboons live together in hierarchical groups. However, important decisions are not dictated by the highest-ranking group members but…
Making sense of our evolution

July 14, 2015

The science about our our special senses – vision, smell, hearing and taste – offers fascinating and unique…
Complexity before size: Old world monkey had a tiny but complex brain

July 7, 2015

The oldest known Old World monkey, Victoriapithecus, first made headlines in 1997 when its fossilized skull was discovered…
Baboon troop movements are ‘democratic’

June 20, 2015

The study, led by researchers from Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Oxford University and Princeton University, is the first…
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…
Study links delay of gratification to how brain structures are connected

June 4, 2015

The ability to delay gratification in chimpanzees is linked to how specific structures of the brain are connected…
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…
Baboons prefer to spend time with others of the same age, status and even personality

May 14, 2015

Latest research shows that, within large troops, baboons spend more time grooming those with similar dominance rank and…
Link discovered between back problems and our unique evolutionary history of upright walking

April 28, 2015

Back pain is a one of the most common health issues for humans, yet the causes of many…
Being Born in Lean Times Is Bad News for Baboons

April 3, 2015

The saying ”what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” may not hold up to scientific scrutiny. Baboons born…
Update: New Ebola vaccine proves to be effective and safe in primates

March 28, 2015

Scientists at University of Wisconsin-Madison have successfully tested an Ebola vaccine in primates and so far it is…
Beards as badges of honour?

March 26, 2015

Are beards ‘in’ again because guys are under pressure? Maybe. New research suggests that the more competition a…
Eavesdropping on the forest to monitor wildlife

March 19, 2015

Traditionally, censusing of wild primates has been conducted using transect methodology where teams of human surveyors walk kilometers…
Milk protein comparison unveils nutritional gems for developing babies

March 17, 2015

Human babies appear to need more of a nutritional boost from breast-milk proteins than do infants of one…
Baboon Friends Swap Gut Germs

March 16, 2015

The warm soft folds of the intestines are teeming with thousands of species of bacteria. Collectively known as…
Human DNA shows traces of 40 million-year battle for survival between primate and pathogen

December 12, 2014

Examination of DNA from 21 primate species – from squirrel monkeys to humans – exposes an evolutionary war…
Study shows pre-human ancestors adapted to metabolize ethanol long before humans learned about fermentation

December 3, 2014

A team of researchers in the U.S. has found evidence to support the notion that our pre-human ancestors…
Transmission electron micrograph of Reston Ebolavirus

October 27, 2014

This image is an artificially coloured transmission electron micrograph of Reston Ebolavirus.…
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