FEELIX Growing: Robots and the animal mind

BBC News recently reported on a pretty interesting three-year long research project that is not the typical non-human primate-focused research we usually highlight on this site, but I couldn’t resist bringing it up. The project, FEELIX Growing, a multi-national project is aiming to create robots that read and react to humans in an appropriate manner.... Continue Reading →

Cotton-top Tamarin twins born in Hampshire Zoo

If you've never seen a cotton-top tamarin, it doesn't take much imagination to visualize what they look like. These little monkeys, are native to Colombia, and have a tale-tell head full of white fluffy hair. The general outlook on cotton-top tamarin survival has been pretty low because, "a combination of deforestation and exports for biomedical... Continue Reading →

Baby Orangutan & Tiger are the best of friends

Captivity does strange things to animals, but what's happening at Taman Safari animal hospital in Java, Indonesia is outright remarkable! They have four babies in their care who normally wouldn’t get along. From the Daily Mail article, "The deadly enemies who are the best of friends," "Two Sumatran tiger cubs and two baby orang-utans, each... Continue Reading →

Tarsier eating some sweet cricket chow

Funny how this video came up on one of my favorite blogs, because I've been meaning to talk about how tarsiers fit into the primate phylogeny. But, I won't get into that yet because this video of a little tarsier chowing down on some cricket is thoroughly entertaining:

Spider monkeys already know: Sometimes you need a hug.

Animals that live in groups often break into smaller groups (fission), and later recongregate (fusion). Fission-fusion behavior is often tied to resource availability, but can also be related to social dynamics (competition among group members can lead to conflict, and breaking into smaller groups can alleviate the conflict). While fissioning into subgroups can relieve tension... Continue Reading →

Savanna Chimpanzees Hunt with Tools

So the paper, I mentioned this morning, on chimpanzees hunting with spears has come out... and literally the entire blogosphere I know and track has reported on it. If that's any indication that this is a remarkable finding to them, then so be it. By the way, Digg loves this news too. To me this... Continue Reading →

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