Foresight & Innovation in a Devious Chimpanzee

A chimpanzee in at the Furuvik Zoo in Sweden is documented to store various projectile object to be thrown at zoo visitors at a later time. The results of this study has been published in PLoS One, "Spontaneous Innovation for Future Deception in a Male Chimpanzee." I think its a pretty fascinating discussion of foresight,... Continue Reading →

Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind

Baboon MetaphysicsDorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth, authors of "How Monkeys see the World" and co-authors of "Primate Social Systems" have published yet another thought provoking book on their studies of baboon. In 1838 Charles Darwin jotted in a notebook, "He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke." Baboon Metaphysics is Dorothy L.... Continue Reading →

Right-Handed Bias & The Origins Of Communication

I spent a couple years studying non-verbal communication in gorillas, so to read news that there's some breakthroughs in our understandings handedness and communication in apes made me extremely excited. The news originates from Gillian Sebestyen-Forrester's latest paper in the journal Animal Behaviour, "A multidimensional approach to investigations of behaviour: revealing structure in animal communication... Continue Reading →

LuiKotale Bonobos Hunt Monkeys

Also in the latest Current Biology and first shared by John Hawks is news that may shakeup what you understood was unique to bonobo behavior, that they didn't hunt other primates. We know that some bonobos eat rodents and small antelopes, albeit infrequently, but for quite sometime we assumed they didn't consume other primates because... 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 →

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh’s TED Talk on Bonobos

The following video is a bit dated, it's from 2004... but still I'm sharing it with you because it is very informative and rare. The video is of  Susan Savage-Rumbaugh's TED talk, in which she presents human traits and behaviors in bonobos, specifically the bonobo that made her famous, Kanzi.

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