One of Newcastle’s macaque monkeys.
Without research on primates, we wouldn't be able to understand the human brain – or repair it.
The best of friends.
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Because primates have relationships too you know.
A small but dedicated team is offering these abandoned apes a brighter future.
But I asked for green highlights!
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There must be some evolutionary force acting to maintain this visual 'defect'.
The brain processes different facial features separately, so how does it tie them together?
Different parts of our brains process different things, like the facial features, voices and the gait of people we know. But it takes memory to weave them all together into a single picture.
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Archaeological remains, traditional tribes and conflict among chimpanzees can tell us much about the history of human warfare.
An orang-utan playing with the interactive digital projector at the Melbourne Zoo.
Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne
An experiment providing interactive games for orang-utans is showing the potential for digital technology to enrich the lives of zoo animals.
Roaring ursine howler monkeys in Venezuela.
Carolyn M. Crockett
Social organisation plays a key role in the wide variation seen in the size of male howler monkey calls and the size of their testes.
Understanding how evolution affects behaviour can help address societal problems.
Evolution also does not claim humans evolved from primates. Neither does it say non-human primates, including monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees and gorillas, will evolve into humans with time.
We’re not that different from you.
We can learn a lot about ourselves and our evolutionary history by looking at the personalities of our primate cousins.
How do you do?
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Chimps might be cute and cuddly but it's their human drama that obsesses us.
The NHMRC code on animal use requires researchers to minimise harm, pain and distress but doesn’t provide guidance on how to do it.
International Fund for Animal Welfare Animal Rescue Blog/Flickr
Draft guildelines for the use of non-human primates in research will dilute what protections these animals have, despite numerous reasons to stop the practice entirely.
The mantis shrimp has 12 types of visual cones.
As humans, we live in a colourful world, but differences in visual systems means that not all animals see the world in the same way. Unlike other aspects of an object such as size or mass, colour is not…
Photos like this are doing more harm than good to wildlife.
You might have noticed recently that a plague of “selfies” with tigers appears to have overtaken mobile dating app Tinder (where users “swipe right” to indicate interest; left to reject). Globally, so…
Orphan bonobos at a Congo sanctuary don’t understand how to comfort others or themselves as well as those reared by their mums.
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Wild bonobos, like all Great Apes, spend long childhoods with their mothers, learning the skills they need to function as socially and emotionally stable members of their community. But orphaned bonobos…
A DNA method able of identifying exact species of primate ‘bushmeat’ that has been cooked for sale has been developed in…
Without the blue eyes of its charismatic cousin, who will fight to save the sportive lemur?
While not the brightest of primates, one species of lemur has shown it can still learn a trick or two, staying safe from…
Our ape relatives respond like human toddlers who are denied a treat or feel frightened.
Do chimpanzees and bonobos throw tantrums when their decision-making fails to pay off? That’s the question posed in a new PLoS ONE study by Brian Hare of Duke University and Alexandra Rosati of Yale. It…
Primate communities with high levels of co-operation will contain a large proportion of cheaters. Research by scientists…
The vocal patterns of gelada monkeys have been found to bear similarities to human speech. The lip-smacking vocalising of…