On Fongoli Chimpanzee Survival Strategies & Implications of Early Human Evolution

The Fongoli savanna in southeast Senegal offers a unique ecosystem. Temperatures can rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit with brush fires sweeping across. The chimpanzees who live on these savannas weren't well understood. Erin Wessling at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology studied these chimpanzees. She compared these chimps to forest chimpanzees. The Fongoli savanna... 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 →

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