Chimpanzees self medicate by eating rough leaves to get rid of parasites.
A number of monkey species eat rough leaves, soils and charcoal to treat or prevent diseases.
It may make us uncomfortable, but animal research saves human and animal lives.
Understanding Animal Research/Wellcome
The media regularly report impressive medical advances, but not the animal research that plays a critical role in developing the new treatment or giving us insights into basic science.
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?
International Fund for Animal Welfare Animal Rescue/flickr
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.
Cute, perhaps, but not a pet.
It may come as a surprise to discover that it is perfectly legal in the UK to keep primates, such as marmosets, loris, capuchins or squirrel monkeys, as pets. Perhaps more surprising still is that there…
New links have been found between the colour patterns in a monkey’s face and its social structure and environment. Research…
Perhaps macaques would like Angry Birds too?
Jerome Micheletta, University of Portsmouth
Zoos are great places to study animals. The non-human primates among them get the most attention from researchers. Some of them are trained to interact with computers for psychological research. In a new…