Ape Sh!t

By Keith | Interesting articles about our cousins in evolution. From the editor of Notice Magazine.

Tool-wielding monkeys push local shellfish to edge of extinction

HUMANS aren’t the only primate to have pushed their prey towards extinction. Monkeys have also over-exploited animals for food.<p>Long-tailed macaques …

Evolution

We’re Not the Only Primate With Unsustainable Eating Habits

Monkeys using tools in Thailand might be driving their prey to extinction.<p>Driving other species to extinction might be something of a primate …

University of Oxford

Apes' Abilities Misunderstood By Decades Of Poor Science

Apes' intelligence may be entirely misunderstood, because research has so far failed to measure it fairly and accurately, according to …

Evolution

Lonely monkey successfully adopts chick at Israeli zoo - after another spurned her advances

A lonely monkey at an Israeli zoo has found a way to soothe her maternal urges: by adopting a chicken.<p>Niv, an Indonesian black macaque, has spent the past week caressing, cleaning and playing with the bird at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv.<p>"It seems that Niv, who is four years old and has …

Loneliness

Chimpanzees display psychopathic behaviour in its purest form — and it's helping us to better understand mental illness

• <b>Psychopathy in chimpanzees can be defined by their levels of meanness, boldness, and lack of restraint.</b>• <b><br>Research shows that chimpanzees display psychopathic behaviour in its purest form because they are free from the social shackles of humans.</b>• <b><br>Studying non-human primates is helping us to better</b> …

Mental Disorders

Can Humans Understand Chimps?

Scientists have found a way to measure if people intuitively know what ape gestures mean.<p>In the video I’m watching, a chimpanzee reaches out and lightly grabs its partner’s mouth. “Give me that,” it might be saying. Or perhaps, “Stop it.” In another scene, two chimps are sitting in a tree and one …

Language

Chimpanzees learn rock-paper-scissors

Chimpanzees of all ages and all sexes can learn the simple circular relationship between the three different hand signals used in the well-known game …

Chimpanzees

A Silly Little Orangutan Hilariously Dresses Up Like a Ghost to Get His Friend's Attention

A silly little orangutan at the Nyaru Menteng Centre who was looking for attention, hilariously pulled a sack over his head and seemingly pretended …

Animals

Signs of Alzheimer’s found in chimpanzees for the first time

We may not be alone in our struggle against Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time, the plaques and tangles that characterise the condition have …

This footage of two gorilla brothers hugging each other will melt your heart

Two gorillas have been captured on video cuddling during a play session.<p>Like humans, gorillas can strengthen their relationships by cuddling. Rare …

Troupe of monkeys takes over Florida park, go viral on social media

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – There's an upswing in monkey business in and around a state park in Florida, where bands of non-native rhesus macaques live along a river that's popular with kayakers and tourists.<p>Officials have closed two walking areas at Silver Springs State Park because of unwanted monkey …

Florida

Why Can't Monkeys Talk?

This is way more contentious than you'd think.<p>Decades ago, while Philip H. Lieberman was soaking in a bathtub and listening to the radio, he heard …

Why can't monkeys talk? Scientists rumble over a curious question

Decades ago, while Philip H. Lieberman was soaking in a bathtub and listening to the radio, he heard anthropologist Loren Eiseley ponder an evolutionary puzzle: Why couldn't monkeys talk? Like us, they're social primates, intelligent and certainly not quiet. Rhesus macaques grunt, coo, screech and …

Evolution

The Upsetting Evolutionary Precedent for Jealous Boyfriends

Baboons can be abusive, too.<p>Abusive relationships may seem uniquely human, but we might share this toxic trait with our primate relatives. It turns …

Evolution

My Life as a Baboon Whisperer

<i>Jenni Trethowan, founder of Baboon Matters in South Africa, has been attempting to broker a peaceful coexistence for humans and baboons for a long</i> …

Gorilla captivated by videos of baby gorillas

One gorilla at the Louisville Zoo got some face-to-face time with the black hole we all know and love as YouTube.<p>And it was all thanks to a …

A study shows that chimps have more “fast-twitch” muscle fibers that enable sudden strength, while humans have more of the “slow-twitch” fibers that enhance endurance.

Credit: ThinkstockIn 1926, scientist John Bauman brought five “husky farm lads” and three chimpanzees to Muhlenberg College for an experiment. The …

Muscle

Chimps' strength secrets explained

<b>The greater strength of chimpanzees, relative to humans, may have been explained by American scientists.</b><p>A study suggests the difference is mostly due to a higher proportion in chimps of a muscle fibre type involved in powerful, rapid movements.<p>The findings do not support previous work suggesting …

Chimps return favors, even if it costs them

Two new studies look at shades of altruism in chimpanzees, which sometimes forgo rewards and risk injury to help unrelated chimps.<p>We may not always …

Psychology

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

<b>Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists.</b><p>While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp "tribes".<p>"Sonso" chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those …

Apes Have Social Traditions Just Like Humans, Chimp Behavior Shows

Chimpanzees want to fit in with the popular kids, just like humans do — researchers say chimps will change their behavior to match what others are …

Behavior

True altruism seen in chimpanzees, giving clues to evolution of human cooperation

Two studies show chimps helping out even those who aren’t related to them

National Academy of Sciences

Turns Out Apes Are Pretty Good at Office Politics, Too

When you think about the phrase “office politics,” you might imagine a sort of Machiavellian chess game, full of complicated manipulation and …

Evolution

Passing Skills Down Through The Generations, Previously Thought To Be Unique To Humanity, Has Been Discovered In Chimpanzees

The phenomenon of passing on behavioural traditions, known as "animal cultures" has been seen in other animals e.g. chimpanzee tool use or the …

Evolution

Can you correctly guess these monkeys' emotions?

<b>Wildlife tourists often mistake warning of aggression for smiles or kisses, leading to bites and mayhem. How would you fare?</b><p>As our very distant …

Animals

Not So Unique? a Key Feature of The Human Brain Has Just Been Found in Monkeys

What makes us human?<p>We humans think we're so special. To determine what sets us apart from the rest of the animal world, scientists investigate …

The Brain

Baby marmosets learn to ‘talk’ just like we do

Find may shed light on evolution of human speech

Primates

What makes us human? Scientists just found a defining feature of the human brain in monkeys

A new look inside monkeys brains is forcing researchers to reconsider what makes humans unique, as you can see in the video above.<p>It’s no surprise that humans and many types of monkeys have a lot in common; we’re both social creatures and share about 93% of our DNA. But when scientists from The …

Evolution

Thieving wild monkeys drive hard bargain when bartering to return purloined loot

<b>New research looks at the marauding macaques in Bali that swipe people's things and don't return them until the perfect food is procured.</b><p>Flip-flops, …