Digital Morphology Database and Primatology

For you osteology buffs out there, I want to let you know about the Digital Morphology database, if you don't already know about it. I actually didn't know about it myself, until I read about an extinct platyrrhine, Tremacebus harringtoni, from Afarensis' 'know your primate' periodical. The Digital Morphology (DigiMorph) database currently has about 400... Continue Reading →

Japan’s odd couple – A primate-rodent friendship between Capybaras & Squirrel Monkeys

One of our more popular posts of all time has been the photos of the tiger and orangutan friendships I shared with you several months back. To rekindle that interest, I've come accross a Reuters news piece on a similar friendship... but this time it is between squirrel monkeys and giant South American rodents called capybaras. And... Continue Reading →

Reducing stress levels at Chester Zoo

A new study has changed the lives of seven mandrills for the better at England’s Chester Zoo. With the help of zoo staff, Durham University researchers found that placing shrubs between the glass enclosure and the visitor’s area reduced stress levels (as seen through aberrant behaviors) and increased natural behaviors. Examples provided: approaching the glass... Continue Reading →

The Return of the Spear Using Chimps

Thanks to afarensis, I woke up this morning to find news that the very same chimps that use spears to hunt, have been observed to use caves during hot days, to avoid the heat. These chimpanzees live in a region of Senegal where it is mostly an, "arid savanna habitat dominated by open grassland and... Continue Reading →

Discovery of new primate genus and species in Lake Casa Blanca International State Park in Laredo, Texas

In an announcement today at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Philadelphia, Jim Westgate (Lamar University and University of Texas-Austin), Dana Cope (College of Charleston), and Chris Beard (Carnegie Museum of Natural History) shared their discovery of a new primate genus and three new primate species found in the Lake... Continue Reading →

Understanding the evolution of human emotional communication through chimpanzee facial expressions

Coming from a graduate program where I had the opportunity to study humans as well as non-human animals, I sometimes became frustrated with the liberties that were (seemingly) allowed in research with humans, but not non-human animals. Namely the use of physiological markers (facial expressions in infants and young children) in identifying emotions. Emotion regulation... Continue Reading →

When 48 becomes 50: two baby orangutans at Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Center

Towards the end of last year we posted on the anticipated release of 200 orangutans from the Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Center in Central Kalimantan to the protected Baktikop forest. Their departure provided more room for 48 new residents from Thailand (which recently became 50 new residents). Willie Smits (Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation and Reconstruction... Continue Reading →

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