Common human viruses threaten endangered great apes
Common human viruses are responsible for outbreaks of respiratory disease that have led to the decline of endangered chimpanzees in the wild, according to a study reported online on January 24th in Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. The findingswhich are the first to provide direct evid...
New genetic lineage of Ebola virus discovered in great apes
This release is available in French .
The Zaire species of Ebolavirus (ZEBOV) remains the most virulent of the various known species. It alone is responsible for 88% of human deaths from haemorrhagic fever recorded since Ebolas discovery in 1976. It was moreover the species involved in the ...
Toddler Study Proves Humans Outsmart Apes
In 'social learning,' at least, preschoolers excelled
THURSDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- For those needing evidence that humans are brainier than the average ape, there's a new study showing that toddlers are better at "social learning," compared to adult primates.
When presented with a tu...
Walking Upright Saves Humans 75 Pc More Energy Compared to Apes
Though as to exactly when humans started walking on two legs is something yet to be ascertained, scientists have nevertheless hypothesized that bipedalism evolved as a way of reducing locomotor energy costs.
In the first study to fully examine this theory among humans and adult chimpan...
Heart Disease In Women Can Be Reduced By Eating Grapes
Heart disease is traditionally thought of as affecting more men than women, but in fact it is the number// one killer of women worldwide . A recent study indicates that polyphenols found in grapes can actually reduce certain key risk factors for coronary heart disease in women .Polyphenols, antioxi...
Rooks Show Intelligence in Catching the Worm
...re the only other type of non-human creature known to complete a similar task.
"Corvids are remarkably intelligent and in many ways rival the great apes
in their physical intelligence and ability to solve problems," study author Christopher Bird, of the University of Cambridge, said in a news release f...
AIDS-like Illness Found in African Chimps
... when infected with an HIV-like virus, a finding that could shed light on how the disease wreaks havoc in people.
The researchers already knew that apes
could develop an HIV-like virus, but it generally didn't appear to actually cause illness. But they found that chimpanzees did, in fact, get sick.
Apes Love a Good Laugh, Too
THURSDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- apes
may not be ready for the cast of Saturday Night L...uth in England, the research team tickled 22 young apes
and three human babies to see how they would respond. While none of the apes
would make it onto a sitcom laugh track, the vocal...
Endangered Great Ape Finds Safe Haven
...he only primates known to have sex not just for procreation, but also for pleasure and conflict resolution, with members of either sex. These uncommon apes
serve as a powerful flagship species, both for conservation and for peace.
The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is vital to research on and protection ...
Why Chimps, Monkeys Don't Develop Alzheimer's
...robiology of Aging .
They found that a "tag" molecule used to track plaque build-up latches easily onto plaques in human brains but not in those of apes
and monkeys, suggesting that there is a basic structural difference between the two types of plaque.
Figuring out the difference, they said, could ...
Apes in Biological News
Ancestral genome of present-day African great apes & humans had burst of DNA sequence duplication
The genome of the evolutionary ancestor of humans and present-day apes
underwent a burst of activity in duplicating segments of DNA, according to a study to be published in Nature Feb 12, the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday.
"The new study shows big differences in the genomes ...
Great apes think ahead Apes
can plan for their future needs just as we humans can by using self-control and imagining future events. Mathias and Helena Osvath's research, from Lunds University Cognitive Science in Sweden, is the first to provide conclusive evidence of advanced planning capacities in non-human species. ...
Great apes endangered by human viruses
This release is available in German .
A new study published in the journal Current Biology by researchers of the Robert Koch Institute (Berlin), the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) and the Centre Suisse des Recherches Scientifiques (Ivory Coast) confirms the ...
Humans related to orangutans, not chimps, says new Pitt, Buffalo Museum of Science study
...ysis of the physical features of living and fossil apes
that suggested humans, orangutans, and early apes
belong to a group separate from chimpanzees and go...er parts of the world and evolved into now-extinct apes
and early humans. The study provides further evide...
The secret to chimp strength
...ousins so much stronger than we are? One possible explanation is that great apes
simply have more powerful muscles. Indeed, biologists have uncovered differ...often end up using more muscle than they need.
"[A]nd that is the reason apes
seem so strong relative to humans," Walker writes.
Our finely-tuned moto...
Lincoln Park Zoo scientists awarded National Institutes of Health grant
...nt of data on great ape mother-infant interactions," explained Dr. Lonsdorf, director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of apes
at Lincoln Park Zoo. "We will use the behavioral data to determine maternal styles. Additionally, health data has been collected since 2004. These dat...
Wildlife Conservation Society helps Cameroon create new national park
...gether, this support has augmented funds for great apes
conservation in the region through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administered Great apes
Conservation Fund. Since 2001, the U.S. Fish and W...ervation of gorillas, chimpanzees, and other great apes
and has leveraged more than $17 million in private...
Social support during breast-feeding helps humans have more children
...and nonhuman primate lactation experience.
"What is it that we can do that other primates don't do? It's social support. We don't see that in great apes
at all. Females are pretty much on their own. Nobody feeds them or their offspring during lactation," Piperata said.
Piperata plans to extend this ...
Pubic hair provides evolutionary home for gorilla lice
...abitats between the groin and other parts of our ancient common ancestor. My 'eureka moment' came, appropriately enough, in the shower: although naked apes
have pubic hair, surely our hairy cousins don't?"
Pthirus pubis , popularly known as crabs, evolved from the structurally similar gorilla louse, ...
Orangutan's spontaneous whistling opens new chapter in study of evolution of speech
...stling indicates that the learning capacities of orangutans and other great apes
in the auditory domain might be more flexible than previously believed, Wic...ith special standing at Great Ape Trust, and others on the ability of great apes
to imitate human speech. Specifically, Savage-Rumbaugh's 1991 investigation...
Apes in Biological Definition
...of humans are chimpanzees , the second closest bonobos , the third orangutans . Together with gorillas , these four make up the category of great apes
. Biologists have compared a sequence of DNA base pairs between humans and chimpanzees, and estimated an overall genetic difference of less than 1...
Apes in Biological Dictionary
...hropods (chiefly blood-sucking ... Definition and other additional information on Arbovirus from Biology-Online.org dictionary. ... cause AIDS in apes
ArboV= ArboVirus or viridae, a family of ... A type of arbovirus called 'nairoviruses' was isolated in the 1960s, and was ... It is caused by...