Non-Human Primate Tool Use: Gorillas Wielding Weapons, Macaques & Mirror Neurons

I'm scouring the American Journal of Primatology for a paper on gorillas using tools as weapons in the wild. National Geographic News says the paper is out, but I can't find it anywhere in the early edition nor in the current issues. I'll continue looking, but in the mean time here's what we got to... Continue Reading →

Pandemic Human viruses causing a massive decline in Great Ape populations

A new Current Biology paper has documented what I've been following attentively sine 2006, the effect of exposure of human pathogens to great apes in the wild. The paper, "Pandemic Human Viruses Cause Decline of Endangered Great Apes," is out on early advance release. In order to thoroughly study the epidemiology of two communities of... Continue Reading →

Are you smarter than Ayumu the chimp?

Last month Ayumu and five other chimpanzees made the news because of their outstanding cognitive performance. They even beat out college students in their tests. The results of the study was reported in Current Biology, "Working memory of numerals in chimpanzees." If you don't believe me check out the video of Ayumu rocking the test:... Continue Reading →

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