Primates
Keeping monkeys as pets is extraordinarily cruel–a ban is long overdue  PHYS.ORG · 1 hour
Most people will have seen at least one headline over the last couple of years describing animal attacks on humans. This needn't include the elephant from... more
Here's how early humans evaded immunodeficiency viruses  SCIENCE DAILY · 19 hours
The cryoEM structure of a simian immunodeficiency virus protein bound to primate proteins shows how a mutation in early humans allowed our ancestors to escape infection while monkeys and apes did not. SIV's Nef... more
20-million-year-old skull suggests complex brain evolution in monkeys, apes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research on one of the oldest and most complete fossil primate skulls from South America shows instead that the pattern of brain evolution in this group was far more... more
20-million-year-old skull suggests complex brain evolution in monkeys, apes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
It has long been thought that the brain size of anthropoid primates—a diverse group of modern and extinct monkeys, humans, and their nearest kin—progressively increased over time. New research on... more
Cranial endocast of a stem platyrrhine primate and ancestral brain conditions in anthropoids  Science Magazine · 2 days
Understanding of ancestral conditions for anthropoids has been hampered by the paucity of well-preserved early fossils. Here, we provide an unprecedented view... more
New brain map could improve AI algorithms for machine vision  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Neuroscientists have published an updated view on the primate brain's visual system organization. They found that parts of the primate visual system may work differently than previously thought. more
A lack of self control during adolescence is not uniquely human  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Impulsiveness in adolescence isn't just a phase, it's biology. And despite all the social factors that define our teen years, the human brain and the brains... more
Hand gestures point towards the origins of language  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Communication gestures used by humans and our primate relatives are providing clues about how our species' ability to use spoken language evolved. more
Brain study probes molecular origins of anxiety  MNT · 4 days
By studying young monkeys, scientists have identified the first of what they believe to be many brain molecules with a causal role in anxiety. more
Medical News Today: Brain study probes molecular origins of anxiety  MNT · 4 days
By studying young monkeys, scientists have identified the first of what they believe to be many brain molecules with a causal role in anxiety. more
Boosting a single brain molecule can change 'dispositional anxiety' in nonhuman primates  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Boosting a single molecule in the brain can change "dispositional anxiety," the tendency to perceive many situations as threatening, in nonhuman primates, researchers from... more
Rapid metabolism change helped mammals to thrive in colder climate  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hedgehogs, rabbits, primates and even giraffe have all benefited in the evolutionary race due to their ability to adapt their metabolism to cope with a changing climate, according... more
Monkey malaria breakthrough offers possible cure for relapsing malaria  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A breakthrough in monkey malaria research could help scientists diagnose and treat a relapsing form of human malaria. more
Brain molecule identified as key in anxiety model  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Boosting a single molecule in the brain can change 'dispositional anxiety,' the tendency to perceive many situations as threatening, in nonhuman primates, researchers have found. The molecule, neurotrophin-3, stimulates neurons to grow... more
Research bias may leave some primates at risk  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Recent primate research has had a heavy focus on a few charismatic species and nationally protected parks and forests, leaving some lesser known primates and their habitats at risk. more
Behavioral scientists test biological principle on free-living Assamese macaques  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"Birds of a feather flock together," or rather "opposites attract"? A recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: Behavioral biologists from the German Primate Centre—Leibniz... more
Research bias may leave some primates at risk  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Recent primate research has had a heavy focus on a few charismatic species and nationally protected parks and forests, leaving some lesser known primates and their habitats at risk, according researchers at... more
New monkey species discovered in the Amazon's 'arc of deforestation'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new species of marmoset has been discovered in the southwest of Pará State in Brazil, a discovery that, while thrilling, already has conservationists worrying about its long-term... more
Indirect pathway from caudate tail mediates rejection of bad objects in periphery  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
The essential everyday task of making appropriate choices is a process controlled mainly by the basal ganglia. To this end, subjects need not only... more
Gorillas Use Their Teeth to Crack Open and Eat African Walnuts  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Gorilla diets are characterized by large amounts of fruits and plants. Hard-object feeding is... more
Researcher observes the unexpected: nut-eating gorillas  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Despite their large body size, gorillas are known to have a vegetarian diet consisting almost exclusively of leafy vegetation and fruit. Their teeth are large and high-crested when compared to other great apes, which is usually... more
Fear of more dangerous second Zika, dengue infections unfounded in monkeys  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An initial infection with dengue virus did not prime monkeys for an especially virulent infection of Zika virus, according to a new study. Nor did a... more
Reward associations do not explain transitive inference performance in monkeys  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Most accounts of behavior in nonhuman animals assume that they make choices to maximize expected reward value. However, model-free reinforcement learning based on reward associations cannot account for... more
Monkeys can use basic logic to decipher the order of items in a list  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Rhesus macaque monkeys don’t need rewards to learn and remember how items are ranked in a list, a mental feat... more
World's smallest fossil monkey found in Amazon jungle  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team of Peruvian and American scientists have uncovered the 18-million-year-old remains of the smallest fossil monkey ever found. more
Little helpers for the rainforest  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Tropical rainforests store large quantities of carbon dioxide, produce oxygen and provide habitats for many animal and plant species. If these ecosystems, which are so important for the global climate and biodiversity, are destroyed, they will recover very... more
These squirrel-size monkeys helped bring Peru’s Amazon back to life  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Tamarins eat fruit and excrete their seeds in deforested areas, reviving plant life more
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