Animation of chimpanzee yawning from Emory University. Illustration from BBC News. I'm sure we are all familiar with this scenario: Someone yawns and we would "catch" it or vice versa. This is the phenomenon of contagious yawning. A new paper from The Proceedings of The Royal Society "Computer animations stimulate contagious yawning in chimpanzees" suggests... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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.