A More Thorough Reading of the Chororapithecus abyssinicus paper

Thanks to Afarensis, I got my hands on Chororapithecus abyssinicus paper, "A new species of great ape from the late Miocene epoch in Ethiopia," and I have read it. A lot of things have been clarified, such as my misunderstanding that the nine teeth were from one individual. The nine teeth are from at least... Continue Reading →

Nine teeth is all it takes to declare a new species of Great Ape

A new Nature paper announces a new species of Miocene great ape, Chororapithecus abyssinicus, and both the press and the blogosphere are having a field day with this publication. From our neck of the woods, Afarensis, P.Z. Myers and John Hawks have commented on the paper and from the press Jay Kelly, Peter Andrews, and... Continue Reading →

Self-controlling Chimpanzee

There's a new and unique behavior of chimpanzees being documented in the journal Biology Letters that I think the primatologist in you will appreciate.  Chimps that have a hard time acquiring lots of food purposely busy themselves in order to avoid the temptation of gorging themselves straight away. The study shows that, these chimps welcome... Continue Reading →

The Alpha Male and his Wingmen

John Hawks introduces a new paper in Current Biology with a not too surprising conclusion on male chimpanzee behavior and coalition forming. The title, "Male chimpanzees exchange political support for mating opportunities," is pretty descriptive. The abstract gives us a bit more, Male chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, differ from males in most other mammalian taxa because... Continue Reading →

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