It took millions of years of evolution for us to develop complex language and culture, and now scientists have discovered a "big brain" gene that may have been responsible for our unique human intelligence, according to a new study.
Chimpanzees are apparently pretty proficient linguists - probably far more so than most humans can call themselves. Researchers have unveiled evidence that these clever great apes can even adapt to a new dialect or language depending on where they are, picking up new names for things after moving to a new region.
Kids teasing, taunting and bullying one another on the playground is nothing out of the ordinary, and the same goes for chimpanzees. And if any of these antics were to result in a confrontation, new research shows that those chimps with macho moms are more likely to win the fight.
It's no secret that chimpanzees and a few other great apes are capable of complex language. They can be taught sign language and freely communicate with experts using body language. But what about us understanding them? A new team of researchers eavesdropping on the animals have now determined that chimps talk to one another about at least two important topics.
The exploratory nature of primates has always been seen as a good thing, leading to advances in civilization, but new research shows that it may come at a cost. For non-human primates like chimpanzees, it could expose them to harmful parasites.
Chimpanzee mothers with sons are about 25 percent more social than moms and daughters, allowing their young boys to watch and learn from adult males in action, a new study indicates.
It seems that female chimps are essentially bullied into mating, as new research shows aggressive males of this species are more likely to father offspring over time.
Wild chimps are using the cover of darkness to disguise their nighttime antics, which consists of raiding nearby farmland for crops, according to new research.
You've likely seen the occasional video of chimpanzees poking around in ant hills with a stick or long reed, fishing for a tasty snack. Now researchers have determined that the tools used for this are actually carefully selected. "Any old stick" just won't do.
Researchers who were in the right place at the right time have witnessed the spread of two tool-use behaviors among a band of wild chimpanzees, which they believe sheds light on human cultural evolution.
Scientists concluded that chimpanzees raised as pets or performers from an early age suffer long-term behavioral problems as a result.
Chimpanzees and humans have a lot in common, including engaging in coordinated attacks against perceived rivals, according to a new study.
Like humans, apparently chimpanzees believe in fashion trends, and the latest one that has taken hold among certain groups is what researchers behind a new study are calling "grass-in-the-ear" behavior.
Chimpanzees appear to be better at competitive strategizing than human beings, researchers report.