It seems like the news hasn't gobbled up this news as adamantly as it did the news of the bonobo reserve in the Congo, but it is nonetheless newsworthy and crucial to the study of bonobos. The Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute put out a press release that they just acquired... Continue Reading →
The collective understanding of Miocene African primate evolution, especially ape evolution, is generally unfounded. Why? Because the fossil record is spotty, there are only a handful of primates from the Miocene. The Miocene lasted from 23.8 to 5.3 million years ago, and a lot of interesting things happened in the ape lineage during that time.... Continue Reading →
I could swear that in the past I had covered news that the minute genetic and massive phenotypic differences between humans and chimpanzees are due to the alternative splicing. But I can't seem to find the post at all... there maybe a slight chance I didn't post about it but I'm pretty sure I did... Continue Reading →
In August, 2007 Gen Suwa and crew reported on a new Ethiopian Miocene Ape, Chororapithecus abyssinicus. And today, Kenyan and Japanese paleoanthropologists have published their study of a fragment of a mandible and 11 teeth, dating back to between 9.8 and 9.88 million years, which was found 2005. The fossils were unearthed in volcanic mud... Continue Reading →
I've been meaning to post about this interesting find for almost two weeks now, but I haven't gotten around to it until now. What you see is a very impressive statue of a gorilla made out of coat hangers. The artist that I tip my hat to is David Mach.
I've been unable to post on a lot of important primatology news as of late, I'll try to catch up this weekend. But I'm making time to quickly announce that Washoe has died. She was 42 years old and one of the first apes that was taught sign language, about 300 signs. She was known... Continue Reading →