Chimpanzees in the Media

Chimps dance in the face of fire (PhysOrg)

( -- Unusual behaviors have been observed in wild chimpanzees in West Africa in the face of grass fires. The chimps did not panic or flee, and some made ritualistic displays that suggest they understand fire and do not fear it, and they may even be able to control it. Since chimpanzees are the nearest relatives to humans, the observations may shed some light on how our early ...

posted 01/19/2010 8:33 AM

Chimp sanctuary reaches out to public through fundraisers, events (St. Lucie News Tribune)

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — It’s lunchtime at Save the Chimps Sanctuary, and Tanya watches visitors through the window of her shelter while she eagerly waits to be fed.

posted 01/18/2010 1:12 PM

Chimpanzee and human Y chromosomes are remarkably divergent in structure and gene content (Nature)

The human Y chromosome began to evolve from an autosome hundreds of millions of years ago, acquiring a sex-determining function and undergoing a series of inversions that suppressed crossing over with the X chromosome. Little is known about the recent evolution of the Y chromosome because only the human Y chromosome has been fully sequenced. Prevailing theories hold that Y chromosomes evolve by ...

posted 01/14/2010 3:23 AM

New clues to Y evolution (The Scientist)

Rather than being the slowest component of the genome to change, the Y chromosome might be the fastest

posted 01/13/2010 12:27 PM

Chimp and human Y chromosomes evolving faster than expected (PhysOrg)

Contrary to a widely held scientific theory that the mammalian Y chromosome is slowly decaying or stagnating, new evidence suggests that in fact the Y is actually evolving quite rapidly through continuous, wholesale renovation.

posted 01/13/2010 12:11 PM

Lusha the chimpanzee outperforms 94% of Russia bankers with her investment portfolio (Daily Mail: World News)

Circus monkey Lusha chose eight companies from a possible 30 to invest her one million roubles - around £21,000 - and made almost three times as much.

posted 01/12/2010 6:55 AM

Deciphering the Chatter of Monkeys (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Walking through the Tai forest of Ivory Coast, Klaus Zuberbühler could hear the calls of the Diana monkeys, but the babble held no meaning for him.

posted 01/12/2010 1:24 AM

Deciphering the Chatter of Monkeys (International Herald Tribune)

Scientists are studying the babble of monkeys and apes in the hope of finding the key to how human communication evolved.

posted 01/11/2010 6:27 PM

Bonobos and the Emergence of Culture [The Primate Diaries] (ScienceBlogs)

In this TED Talk Susan Savage-Rumbaugh discusses bonobos housed in a bispecies environment that have been taught to communicate using pictographs. In the talk she suggests that biology isn't what made humans unique from nonhuman apes, but rather argues that it was cultural developments and social learning. Quite obviously there are some biological differences (around 1% of our genes differ, some ...

posted 01/09/2010 4:56 PM

New Evidence Of Culture In Wild Chimpanzees (Science Daily)

A new study of chimpanzees living in the wild adds to evidence that our closest primate relatives have cultural differences, too. The study shows that neighboring chimpanzee populations in Uganda use different tools to solve a novel problem: extracting honey trapped within a fallen log.

posted 01/04/2010 12:23 PM