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Walking Upright Saves Humans 75 Pc More Energy Compared to Apes

...hominids with an evolutionary advantage over other apes by reducing the cost of foraging for food, said Herman Pontzer, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. "Walking upright on two legs is a defining feature that makes us human. It distingu...

Dutchman Rebuilds Noah's Ark to Spread His Faith

...filled with wooden animals -- elephants, giraffes, apes -- to give people an idea of what it would have been like, and visitors were in awe. "The Bible story starts to become alive for you. I actually said 'thank you Lord' when I was inside," said 59-year-old Marga Weil, who came to see the ark with her...

Gene Variant Responsible for Acquiring Intellect and Memory in Humans Identified

...e neuropsin II is made by humans but not by lesser apes and old-world monkeys. Their present study proves that even orang-utans and chimpanzees do not produce it. According to the investigators, KLK8 is the first human-specific discovery of a "splice variant", a gene that is roughly the same in differen...

Our Ancestors Possessed Much Smaller Brains Than It was Thought

...lemur's. "This means the big-brained monkeys and apes developed their large brains at a later point in time, said Simons, a professor of biological anthropology and anatomy at the university. Simons said he originally overestimated Aegyptopithecus' likely brain size based on the original 1966 skull, w...

Color Vision Drove Primates to Develop Red Skin and Hair, Study Finds

...o develop red and orange skin and hair . Humans, apes and Old World monkeys, such as macaques and leaf monkeys, all have trichromatic vision, which allows these primates to distinguish between blue, green and red colors. Primatologists have disagreed about whether this type of color vision initially evo...

Research on Vaccine Against Ebola Virus

...eveloped, it is sure //to benefit the community of apes who are in the process of getting wiped out due to...ch, the Ebola virus could bring more harm to great apes than to human population. This virus is said to be contacted from a specific species of bats by the ...

Study Offers Window into Human Behavior, Brain Disease

...lutionary history -- in a common ancestor of great apes and humans-- and are particularly abundant in huma...mates, von Economo neurons were seen only in great apes and humans. In the current study, the UCSF team set out to explore whether von Economo neurons co...

Britain Scientists Support the Use of Primates in Research

...is similar in France, Canada and Germany. No great apes have been used for research in Britain since 1986.Of the 3,500, about 400 monkeys are used in basic research and the rest are used by the pharmaceutical industry to test new drugs. But the Dr Hadwen Trust, a non-animal medical research charity in B...

Ebola-Outbreak Kills 5000 Gorillas

...twelve years. Accurate figures on exactly how many apes have died are not yet available. But given the lar...e conservation efforts. Ebola has not totally made apes totally extinct from these areas but it has pushed once huge populations down to smaller sizes at wh...

Viruses Can Cross Species Barrier

...s describe how human viruses infecting monkeys and apes can wreak havoc on those animals' populations. "Viruses are already jumping the species barrier and affecting both people and animals, and there is the potential for much worse," explained Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, a research scientist in the Division o...

Studies Show That Brain Cells Do Not Regenerate But Remain The Same Throughout

...lls lack this renewal ability. However, studies on apes and rodents have indicated that brain cells can reform in mammals after all – including man. One problem with these findings has been the research methodology, as the most common way of measuring the age of nerve cells is extremely complicated, espec...

The Deadly Evolution of SIV to HIV

...tation led to the deadly change from benign SIV in apes and monkeys to a deadly infection called AIDS in h...he loss of an immune system proactive mechanism in apes and monkeys. The study results were published in the journal Cell. It was found that the Nef func...

To Ape or Not To Ape? Bridging Missing Links in Medical Research

...to two primary issues: whether the experiments on apes is really effective in making positive strides in ...ess in the DNA profile, 97.7 percent of the DNA in apes and humans is similar. Rick Bogle, a keen animal rights champion, has always praised the advanced c...

Human Diseases May Have Clue In Human-Chimp Genome Difference

...amples of how studying the evolution of humans and apes from a common ancestor may yield clues to explaining human and chimpanzee diseases. Researcher and colleagues detail their finding of the first truly human-specific protein in the September issue of Science. Siglecs are molecules that serve as bi...

Right side of the brain helps in awareness

...hing findings in psychology is that humans and the apes (including chimpanzees, orangutans, and some gorillas) are the only species that recognise their own faces in a mirror," says Keenan, who began researching self-awareness as a graduate student. "It has been thought that this ability is a hallmark of ...

Fossil teeth and human development

...ly incremental markings with the enamel of humans, apes and fossil "hominin" species to measure up the rates of tooth formation. Based on the dental validation, the human-like development period does not appear until the Neanderthal period about 100,000 years ago. Previous theories placed this evolution...

The right is responsible

...hing findings in psychology is that humans and the apes (including chimpanzees, orangutans, and some gorillas) are the only species that recognise their own faces in a mirror," says Keenan, who began researching self-awareness as a graduate student. "It has been thought that this ability is a hallmark of ...

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