Boing Boing on similarities between chimps and humans

Boing Boing is on fire, first they post on Bill Bass and now they post on a new study from Smithsonian which reviews the,"traits that [chimpanzees and humans] share, like altruism and vengeance, and those we don't, like spite and most social learning skills, are shedding light on what it means to be human."So check out the article, "Animal Insight."... Continue Reading →

Chimpanzee Rationality

Michael Tomasello, one of the biggest and best primatologists out there, recently published a paper in Science on chimpanzee rationality. He and his colleagues setup a game where a human or chimpanzee receives something of value, and is able to share it with another. He found some interesting results. Generally speaking, humans made offers close... Continue Reading →

Bonobo Tool Use

Vannessa Woods just broke some awesome news of bonobos using tools. From her blog, Bonobo Handshake, "The bonobos at Lola use tools. It’s really amazing because no one’s seen tool use in bonobos in the wild before (I don’t think).And everyone’s always going on about chimps using tools and how it’s so amazing because everyone... Continue Reading →

Add DNApes to your bookmarks or RSS Feed

I just stumbled upon a new-to-me primatology blog that I wanted to share with you. The blog, DNApes, comes from Mimi Arandjelovic, a graduate student at the Max Planck power house of anthropology and is chock full of good posts. Mimi studies variation in male-transmitted Y-chromosome of gorillas, which is extremely important given that gorillas... Continue Reading →

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