Wild chimpanzees are hard to find, but their DNA – left-behind genetic traces – are opening up a new way of studying them.
Why do humans have fur only on their heads?
Scientists say humans are pretty similar to chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. So why don't we have fur like they do?
If frogs can glow in the dark and cockroaches can change history, why couldn’t dog-birds exist?
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A collection of The Conversation Global's best articles on animals, from glow-in-the-dark frogs to the wood beetles that do humanity's dirty work.
A Pirahã family.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
Our secret? We're better at sharing our ideas.
Our cells have a built-in genetic clock, tracking time… but how accurately?
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How do scientists figure out when evolutionary events – like species splitting away from a common ancestor – happened? It turns out our DNA is a kind of molecular clock, keeping time via genetic changes.
Chimpanzees performed a specific technique with a stick to extract underground bees nests.
New, fascinating observations about the behaviour of wild chimpanzees showed that they can apply a complex technique to access honey.
In Cameroon efforts are underway to halt rainforest loss and develop opportunities with locals.
Arend de Haas
Combining new technologies, including Global Forest Watch, a Forest Monitoring App and Participatory 3D Modelling, brings out traditional knowledge of the elders.
Upper teeth of a Neanderthal who lived about 40,000 years ago.
Anthropologists gather clues about how our ancient ancestors lived from their teeth. What will future anthropologists make of us based on the fossilized pearly whites we'll leave behind?
Snow leopard, as captured by the BBC’s Planet Earth II.
The most recent episode of the BBC's Planet Earth II has got people asking some hard questions about the world's most mysterious big cats.
Research suggests friends don't just help in the bad times – they cut damaging stress just by being around.
Bonobos are separated from chimpanzees by the River Congo, but they share more genes than we thought.
The two species mated 500,000 years ago, leaving a genetic mark to this day. This knowledge could help save them from extinction.
Bonobo Jasongo at Leipzig Zoo has a hunch about what you’re thinking.
Realizing that others' minds hold different thoughts, feelings and knowledge than your own was thought to be something only people could do. But evidence is accumulating that apes, too, have 'theory of mind.'
A small but dedicated team is offering these abandoned apes a brighter future.
Babies learn by example.
New research has questioned the nature of humans' impressive capacity to imitate.
A makeshift shrine to Harambe, the zoo gorilla whose death has raised some uncomfortable moral questions.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
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.
Why do we laugh? Evolutionarily speaking, it's so we could survive – and similar rules apply today.
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Archaeological remains, traditional tribes and conflict among chimpanzees can tell us much about the history of human warfare.
A world first.
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Groundbreaking video footage could change the way we look at chimpanzees.