Brainstorming the Future of Primate Brain Evolution Research

The following post is a departure from my usual reporting on an interesting primate related tidbit of research. I'll be posting about how I have thought about how to study primate brain evolution research. These are just ideas I have brainstormed. It is very probable that people are doing this out in their respective labs... Continue Reading →

A SNP Resource for Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Genomics

I'm posting this as I run out the door, so forgive me if it is a bit brief and incomplete in explanation... but I have to share this resource/paper with you because less than 1 month ago the Macaque genome draft was released, and this publication is the first application, I know, of the draft... Continue Reading →

The Mountain Gorilla comeback

The Mountain Gorilla, Gorilla beringei beringei, is the primate comeback kid. I previously shared news with you that their population has been making a rebound. Since then, The Times has published a news article on this topic. (Thanks, Paulin!) Before we get into it, I wanted to say that I haven't noticed any US news... Continue Reading →

Keeping track of Primate Conservation

A new public database has been released that overviews the status of endangered and almost extinct animals. I feel like it is a critical and timely resource, especially in regards to primate conservation efforts. The project is called EDGE, and currently lemurs are at the top of the most critically endangered primates on that list,... Continue Reading →

Genetic study confirms three chimpanzee subspecies

Most people possessing any familiarity with our closest relatives know that there are two species of chimpanzees: Bonobos (Pan paniscus) and the common Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Some researchers believe that bonobos and common chimps diverged around 0.9 million years ago (Won and Hey, 2002). Many may not know that taxonomies further divide common chimps into... Continue Reading →

A new species of gray-cheeked mangabey announced

Professor of Bioanthropology, Dr. Colin Groves, of the Australian National University's Department of Anthropology has spent sometime studying a population of gray-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus albigena). And his time spent studying this population has not been in vain. He actually found a novel trait in the skulls of this population of mangabeys, unique enough to be... Continue Reading →

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