Chimpanzees

How chimp DNA techniques turned us into jungle detectives

Finding wild chimpanzees is not easy. In the first ten years we spent scouring the remote woodlands of western Tanzania in search of them, we caught …

Evolution

Six-year-olds and chimpanzees will pay to watch punishment

You’re nice. You don’t enjoy others’ suffering, except of course when they’ve done wrong and you want them punished for the transgression. Maybe you’d even pay to watch that justice meted out. That desire is apparently natural in humans and animals, and it starts pretty young.<p>Small children and …

Psychology

Endangered chimpanzee conservation: saving our closest cousins

<b>Meet the Researcher</b><p>I'm Natasha Coutts, a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia, studying primate behavioural ecology.<p>Throughout my …

Conservation

Rescued Chimpanzees Face an Uncertain Future in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A group of plainclothes investigators assembled outside an animal smuggler’s house in the Himalayas recently, waiting for signs of life.<p>Working off a tip that two baby chimpanzees were illegally passing through Nepal, the investigators burst into the building, where a menagerie …

News

Both chimps and children found to be willing to pay to see bad players punished

An international team of researchers has found that both chimpanzees and human children are willing to pay to see the punishment of someone who has …

Derive

Chimpanzees can catch the “common cold” from humans—and it can kill them

A spate of sudden deaths among a community of chimpanzees in Uganda was caused by the common cold, passed on by humans.<p>A group of scientists investigating a 2013 outbreak in Kibale National Park discovered that a human cold virus was responsible for the deaths of five chimps out of a community of …

Public Health

Stop sneezing on the chimpanzees! Primates in Uganda are dying from human cold virus

A study has identified that a community of wild chimpanzees in the Kibale National Park was getting sick from rhinovirus C.<p>Chimpanzees in Africa have …

Peter Walsh

Rescued Chimpanzees Get an Early Christmas Surprise and It’s Too Sweet!

Christmas came early at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northeast. The unusually warm weather and a surplus stock of Christmas gifts that came into the …

Amazing

Vengeance is sweet and expensive: Even chimpanzees, infants want to punish antisocial behaviour

Even chimpanzees, infants want to punish antisocial behaviour<p>Living together in communities requires mutual cooperation. To achieve this, we punish …

Behavior

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Animals

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Observing Animal Behavior<p>Ethology is the study of animal behavior. Read about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jill Pruetz, who studies …

Conservation

Chimpanzees Show Disgust Towards Pathogen-Containing Food Like Humans

Chimpanzees are our close relatives. It is widely known that humans share about 95 percent of their genetic material with chimps and bonobos. But, on …

World News

Chimpanzees Warn Each Other of Danger With Dramatic Hoots and Knowing Looks

Contrary to the iconic image of the three monkeys, "speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil," chimpanzees display elaborate behaviors to broadcast …

Major Disaster: Over 6,000 Chimpanzees Have Escaped From An Overturned Pepsi Truck That Crashed On The Highway

If you noticed that rush-hour traffic in northeast New Jersey was a lot worse than usual this morning, then you may have Pepsi to blame for that: …

Humor

Movie review: “Jane” documentary looks at a pioneering primatologist

<b>2 1/2 stars</b>Unrated. 90 minutes.In 1957, paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey, looking for what he called a “mind unbiased by scientific theory,” sent his …

Jane Goodall

If chimps and toddlers can call you a poo face, it's a given AIs will too

If we could re-run our own evolution, I’d be prepared to bet that swearing was one of the first features of human language. That’s because our …

Language

Animal intelligence: Chimpanzees 'take turns' to solve a number puzzle

Turn-taking forms the basis for a range of social interactions, including communication and language.<p>Chimpanzees have been observed spontaneously …

Scientific Research

Chimpanzees shown spontaneously 'taking turns' to solve number puzzle

A new study from Kyoto and Oxford universities and Indianapolis Zoo has shown chimpanzees spontaneously taking turns to complete a number sequencing …

Biology

Chimpanzees, leopards and giraffes among 34 species to receive additional protection

Chimpanzees, leopards and giraffes are among 34 endangered species which will receive greater protection, governments attending a UN wildlife …

Wildlife

Chimpanzees among 33 species selected for special protection

<b>A UN-backed wildlife conference held in the Philippines has voted for additional protections for a list of 33 endangered species including chimpanzees, leopards and giraffes.</b><p>Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, were also included on the list.<p>The six-day long Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) …

Wildlife

Chimpanzees Traits Remain Unchanged over Time

An international scientific team of researchers from US, Britain and Tanzania found evidence that claims that chimpanzees' characteristics have been …

Middle East

Chimpanzee Personalities: Jane Goodall Redux

New research on animal personalities shows what goes around comes around. Years ago Jane Goodall freely talked about these traits and was criticized. …

Jane Goodall

Wild Chimp Personalities Remain Unchanged Over Time

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has spent much of her life studying chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania and often remarks upon their …

Evolution

Wild and Captive Chimpanzees Share Personality Traits With Humans

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Jane Goodall started attributing personalities to the chimpanzees she followed in Gombe National Park in what is now Tanzania. In her descriptions, some were more playful or aggressive, affectionate or nurturing.<p>Many scientists at the time were horrified, she …

Health

Jane Goodall doc tells story of groundbreaking explorations

Entertainment

Chimpanzees Learn to Use Tools On Their Own, No Teaching Required

As it turns out, chimpanzees don’t need to see in order to do, no matter what the old mantra might lead you to believe. A common belief among …

Science

From the Archives: Monkey business starring two chimpanzees

Two chimpanzees, owned by John A. Haeseler, played with a typewriter for a 10-picture layout in the Feb. 2, 1936, Los Angeles Times Sunday Rotogravure photography section. Most of the images were taken with a special high-speed camera.<p>The first image in the layout, reproduced above, had the …

California

Chimpanzees and orangutans look for information to fill gaps in their knowledge

It's a familiar problem: you leave the house and while closing the door, the question whether the stove was turned on or off pops up in your head. …

Evolution

Facial deformities in Ugandan apes linked to pesticide use

Pesticide use may be harming animals that live nearby, according to new research. A group of 10 scientists led by Paris’ Musée de l’Homme and the …

Evolution

Chimpanzees learn rock-paper-scissors

Chimps' ability to learn circular relationships is on par with of 4-year-olds<p>Chimpanzees of all ages and all sexes can learn the simple circular …

Mathematics