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.
While apes and memory have been widely studied, recent research showed that apes have the ability to record information about a film and know on a second viewing when an exciting scene will occur.
Researchers have discovered that humans and monkeys perceive – and misperceive – the world in similar ways.
Hominin fossils examined from South Africa suggest early humans and chimpanzees had similar hearing patterns, with some slight differences in the direction of humans. This is a preferable auditory system for people living in the savanna and communicating within a short range.
Although chimpanzees are our closest relatives, it is obvious that we evolved with different facial developments. Stanford University researchers recently examined the two species’ genetics closely to explain how and why.
Chimpanzees studied along Uganda's western border seem to be thriving despite the forest's escalating demise.
It's no secret that compared to other animals, great apes are leaps and bounds ahead in terms of language development. The complex and varied call dialects chimpanzees exhibit, alongside the impressive sign language abilities of gorillas has shown us as much. But how close are they to developing a verbal language like ours? A new study of Koko the gorilla has found that great apes are closer than ever imagined.
It turns out that the unusual great apes of Africa known as bonobos might be better at understand a baby's babble than even her own mother. A new study has revealed that these primal relatives of humanity communicate much like babies, hinting that they might be on an evolutionary fast-track to complex language development.
It's official! The chimpanzee is a fully protected species in the United States regardless of whether it is a captive or wild animal. And that's good news for humanity's closest primate relative, as it means that all chimps in US labs will be 'retiring' from the exhausting (and arguably maddening) world of research.
Many humans are known for going on drunken binges, but wild chimpanzees may also be alcoholics, according to new research, which found the animals going out of their way to get drunk on palm wine in West Africa.
It took early humans years to master the art of cooking and realize that fire can make things taste better. And while our close relatives, chimpanzees, won't be making that cognitive leap anytime soon or ever, new research shows that they would make excellent cooks.
When it comes to chimpanzees, it seems that the "new girl" may have the upper hand in former stronger female bonds, new research says.
We've been told since we were in grade school (probably before) to "look both ways before crossing the street." However, it probably took a while before we remembered to do this. Chimpanzees, it seems, don't need to be reminded, as these wild animals have been observed taking the appropriate precautions all on their own when crossing many of Africa's new roadways.
It sounds like something straight out of Planet of the Apes, and could turn a great deal of what experts thought they knew about chimps on its head: chimps are using tools - like tiny spears - to hunt prey, and it's females who are often bearing these weapons of choice.
It's no secret that Chimpanzees aren't in the best shape. With their habitats shrinking across the globe, wild populations of chimps total to only about 250,000, earning them an endangered status according to the IUCN Red List. Now new research has found evidence that parasites delivered by humans could be keeping these great apes down despite recovery efforts.