Issa chimpanzees live in a woodland dominated environment interspersed with riparian forests, grasslands, and rocky out-crops.
Photo: R. Drummond-Clarke/GMERC
Almost all theories of human bipedalism explain it as a terrestrial adaptation. A new study does not support that view.
Rhesus macaques experience an aging process similar to people’s.
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Nonhuman primates like rhesus monkeys share certain characteristics with people that may make them better study subjects than mice for research on neurodegenerative diseases.
Differences between male and female skulls in some species of gibbon may shed light on how our extinct ancestors lived.
The endangered golden snub-nosed monkey lives in mountainous forests of central and southwest China.
About 60 per cent of monkeys, apes, lemurs, lorises and tarsiers are threatened with extinction. Climate change will only make it more difficult for them to survive.
Pigs with human immune systems.
Medical research to benefit people is first conducted in animals. Creating a new biomedical model by inserting human immune cells into pigs may lead to new insights and treatments.
Grooming is the key to positive relationships.
Primates have evolved behavioural strategies that can minimise the risk and costs of conflict.
New research suggests African monkeys crossed to South America earlier than previously thought.
New research suggests African monkeys crossed the ocean to South America earlier than previously thought.
The evolution of the strong human bond.
We propose same-sex attraction evolved to allow greater social integration and stronger same-sex social bonds.
Scientists don’t ask how some people evolved to be tall. In the same way, asking how homosexuality evolved is the wrong question. We need to ask how human sexuality evolved in all its forms.
Can’t sleep: these cloned macaque monkeys are missing a gene involved in regulating the sleep/wake cycle.
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Researchers in China have produce a world first: gene edited, cloned macaque monkeys. They say such animals will be vital for research on human health – but ethical concerns remain.
War for the Planet of the Apes used no real primates.
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Using real apes and monkeys as actors in film and TV encourages people to see them as pets.
The grey mouse lemur (
Microcebus murinus): at 60 grams, nearly the smallest primate in the world. I studied this primate in Madagascar.
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As Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House, there may be dark days ahead for some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful primates.
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?
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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.
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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…