When it comes to social skills, dogs are just as good as little kids.
Over half of the non-human primate species are facing extinction in the next 50 years, and humans are to blame.
Scientists have discovered that chimpanzees have an interesting ability to recognize not only faces but also each other's butts. The talents and abilities of many primate species have been measured by how well they are able to perform human skills. However, this new finding is a skill that not many humans can and will do. Though face recognition has been recorded, tested, and studied in animals for a very long time, this is one of the first major breakthroughs about it.
Man is known to possess reason and intellect, traits that motivate us to observe if other organisms in the world might be similar to us. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany shared their recent discovery after observing wild chimpanzees in Bakoun, Guinea: they go fishing for algae with long and hefty tools.
A group of nine female chimpanzees has retired from being test subjects in lab research and made a 16-hour journey to Project Chimps, a new animal sanctuary in northern Georgia as part of their #RoadtoRetirement journey.
A new study revealed that when given the choice between cooperation and competition, chimpanzees opted for the former five times more frequently.
Chimpanzees are less inclined to groom one another with numerous bystanders lingering about. This challenges the long-held belief that such cooperative behaviors are based on trust, suggesting they revolve more around immediate benefits.
Human friendship is not as unique as previously thought, say researchers who tested chimpanzees and found that they are more likely to share with those they trust and consider friends.
A new experiment revealed that capuchin monkeys will punish other monkeys who have been given more food. Yale researchers say this is the first evidence suggesting that the psychology of spite extends deeper into our evolutionary history than previously thought.
While bonobos are often regarded as a less sophisticated species than their close chimpanzee relatives, researchers have documented for the first time that the animals are actually able to create stone tools and weapons like chimpanzees and early humans did.
To better understand the social coordination of chimpanzees, researchers tested to see if a female bonobo could synchronize with a human drummer. The animal's success in matching beats sheds light on the evolution of speech and music.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has announced plans to cease all research involving chimpanzees. This follows a phasing-out program initiated in 2013 and the 50 remaining individuals in federal custody will be sent to a sanctuary for retirement.
A recent analysis found fault in a study that claimed chimpanzees newcomers were able to learn language from the native group they joined. Researchers suggest the original Edinburgh Zoo study was flawed and the conclusions actually misrepresents what the data shows.
An expectant chimpanzee has demonstrated a rarely observed behavior at the Monarto Zoo in Australia – she's adopted the orphaned son of her closest girlfriend who died during childbirth.
Here's some unsettling news: new chimpanzee and neuroscience research is reinforcing the theory that our personalities are, in no small way, dictated by the structures of our brains. That is to say, we may choose how we act, but nature (not nurture) is deciding who we are in the most fundamental way.