Behavioral Synchronization In Chacma Baboons

There is a newly published paper by Andrew J. King and Guy Cowlishaw on factors that promote or constrain group synchronization among Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) in central Namibia. The paper "All together now: behavioural synchrony in baboons" is available online as pdf for free. Female and infant Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus). Flickr photo from... Continue Reading →

Chimps Mourn The Death Of Their Own

    A picture is worth a thousand words. So, I'm gonna just let the photo do most of the talking. Ever since this photo was published it has gone viral everywhere. Read about this news story at National Geographic and an in depth explanation of the photo here.   Originally posted on The Prancing... Continue Reading →

Chimpanzees: Ask And You Shall Receive

A new study published by Shinya Yamamoto, Tatyana Humle and Masayuki Tanaka on PLoS ONE found that chimpanzees willing to help one another. All they have to do is ask. Using two tool-use scenarios (a stick tool-use and a straw tool-use), both chimpanzees were placed in adjacent booths with non-corresponding tools. The chimpanzee in a... Continue Reading →

The Uncanny Valley: Humans and Macaques

The uncanny valley hypothesis posits that when robots and other human facsimiles look and act almost like humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The "uncanny valley" refers to the dip in the graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot and other human facsimiles's life-likeness (see... Continue Reading →

Female Orangutan Mating Strategies

There is a published paper by Knott et al. (2009) from next month's Proceedings of The Royal Society B about female Bornean orangutans and their reproductive strategies. The authors propose that female orangutan's mating strategies is a product of coevolution from male coercion and also selective resistance. There are two morphs in male orangutans; flanged... Continue Reading →

Extended Habitat For Greater Bamboo Lemurs Found

A Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) feeding on Giant Bamboo in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Photo from Wikipedia. Good news for Madagascar and lemur conservationists! Scientists have spotted bamboo lemurs in 11 sites east of the island where its populations were thought to have disappeared, AFP has reported. The Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) is... Continue Reading →

Self-Suckling in Barbary Macaques Before and After Infant’s Death

Self-suckling is a rare behavior that occurs among Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) and might have been a learned behavior. Dr. Bonaventura Majolo and his PhD. student Richard McFarland noticed this behavior while studying Barbary macaques in the middle-Atlas mountains of Morocco (2009). They published their findings, "Brief communication: Self-suckling in Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) mothers... Continue Reading →

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