The extinction of large fruit-eating animals from tropical rainforests could make climate change worse. Researchers suggest refocusing conservation efforts to ensure these animals are around to disperse trees’ seeds and promote growth in these essential carbon sinks.
Small talk may be an evolutionary way to establish closeness, and we may have inherited it from the primates. A recent study looks at the way lemurs call out to certain known other lemurs to maintain closeness.
Scientists have long beleived that three species of Madagascan lemurs were the only primates that hibernate. But new findings suggest that pygmy slow lorises, a relatively small primate that belongs to the so-called wet nosed classification from Southeast Asia, take long wintertime naps, too.
While scientists previously thought full stereo vision in primates only registered visual messages from one eye, a new study revealed “two-eye” cells that respond to inputs from both eyes, like "rat vision."
Researchers reveal that an Old World monkey species known as macaques carry astroviruses from a number of species, including human, bovine, bird, cow and dog. This suggests the viruses are more diverse than previously thought.
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.
In order to monitor monkeys that come into close contact with humans and may spread pandemic-causing diseases, scientists have found a new way to test the primates.
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.
The next time you're at a museum peering at early primate and Neanderthal skulls - even those from wild apes today - look closely for the one thing human skulls exclusively have. No, it's not a larger brain-case or a handsome jaw line... it's a chin. Now researchers think they know why it is that modern humans developed this unique, protruding characteristic when no other primates did.
If you were to hear the "hoo hoos" of gibbons chattering and calling away in the wild or even zoos, do you think you could translate it? Probably not, but a team of researchers think they are very close to decoding the secrets of gibbon 'talk,' taking them a step closer to understanding language development in primates.
History textbooks have told us that some of Earth's earliest primates walked on the ground like the rest of us, but newly discovered fossilized ankles turns this theory upside down, so to speak, indicating that they in fact were tree-dwellers, according to recent research.
It has long been suspected that most mammals, primates included, really started down the evolutionary fast-track after the majority of dinosaurs went extinct. However, new fossil finds from 66 million years ago suggest that primates may have started evolving earlier, with one primate boasting a particularly large body size during a time of exceptionally tiny mammals.
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.