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  • Report: 'Apes' Sequel Pushes Gun Control

    06/29/2014 7:38:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | June 29, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Audiences will get more than a dystopian future when they line up to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes next month. The second film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise reportedly packs a pro-gun control message, according to a new review of the film in Variety. The story also touches on environmental fear mongering, albeit in a reduced fashion compared to the first installment. The “Apes” franchise has always been a politically loaded one, and this latest entry states its left-wing credo in ways both allegorically implicit and bluntly direct. (You’d have to be pretty obtuse...
  • Evolution: a new boost for ‘aquatic ape’ theory

    12/30/2013 2:06:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | May 4, 2013 | Robin McKie
    It is one of the most unusual evolutionary ideas ever proposed: humans are amphibious apes who lost their fur, started to walk upright and developed big brains because they took to living the good life by the water’s edge. This is the aquatic ape theory and although treated with derision by some academics over the past 50 years, it is still backed by a small, but committed group of scientists. From next Wednesday through Friday, they will hold a major London conference when several speakers, including British naturalist and broadcaster, David Attenborough, will voice support for the theory. “Humans are...
  • (Planet of the Apes Goes PC) - 'Sexist' Gorilla Being Kicked Out of Dallas Zoo; Ape To Get Therapy

    09/26/2013 5:04:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    NYDN ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Lee Moran
    'Sexist' gorilla being kicked out of Dallas Zoo Patrick, a 23-year-old Western lowland gorilla who was born in the Bronx Zoo in 1990, has nipped at female apes he was to mate with and even bit one, and has belittled others. Patrick will be transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, S.C. A "sexist" male gorilla at Dallas Zoo is being evicted and sent for therapy after he bit one female companion and belittled others. Patrick — a 430-pound Western lowland born at New York's Bronx Zoo in 1990 — will be moved to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens...
  • (Commie-Soviet Mad Science) The Man Who Tried to Make Human-Ape Hybrids

    06/14/2013 8:37:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 14, 2013 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    The man who tried to make human-ape hybrids Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was a gifted scientist, a dedicated conservationist, and a practical, grounded man who expanded everyone's understanding of animal husbandry. He also, for years, tried to make human-ape hybrids. The post-revolution USSR was a nation that wanted to wholly embrace new technology and progressive science while reinforcing traditional nationalistic pride. It's no wonder that Ilya Ivanovic Ivanov fit right in. He was a biologist who wanted to split his talents evenly between innovation and preservation. Ivanov got a lot of Soviet and international support because he'd been doing useful work...
  • 11.9 Million-Year-Old Fossil of Pierolapithecus Analyzed by Researchers

    05/05/2013 12:53:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Sci-news.com ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | Sergio Prostak
    Dr Moya-Sola with colleagues discovered the fossil specimen of Pierolapithecus in Spain in 2002. They estimated that the hominid lived about 11.9 million years ago, arguing that it could be the last common ancestor of modern great apes: chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, gorillas and humans... the shape of the specimen’s pelvis indicates that Pierolapithecus lived near the beginning of the great ape evolution, after the lesser apes had started to develop separately but before the great ape species began to diversify... “The ilium – the largest bone in the pelvis – of the Pierolapithecus is wider than that of Proconsul nyanzae,...
  • Morsi: Jewish Slurs Misunderstood, Taken Out of Context

    01/30/2013 1:11:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi defended his rancorous anti-Semitic comments, claiming that they were taken out of context. Morsi asserted in September 2010 that peace negotiations are "a waste of time and opportunities" as Arabs and Muslims get nothing out of engagement with "the descendants of apes and pigs." An Egyptian television shown this month aired the remarks, which were translated and distributed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). "I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians. That's behavior that I condemn," Morsi said,...
  • Apes, Pigs, and F-16s

    01/27/2013 6:26:49 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/26/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    When you arm Islamists, you become a willing participant in your own undoing. When Mohamed Morsi dehumanizes Jews as “the descendants of apes and pigs,” there’s an elephant in the room. We find it here: Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil — these are many times worse in rank, and far more astray from the even Path! You see, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood mahoff–turned–president did not conjure up the apes-and-pigs riff on his own. When Morsi fulminates that Muslims “must not forget to...
  • We, Too, Are Violent Animals

    01/05/2013 8:29:49 AM PST · by Twotone · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jane Goodall
    Where does human savagery come from? The animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff, writing in Psychology Today after last month's awful events in Newtown, Conn., echoed a common view: It can't possibly come from nature or evolution. Harsh aggression, he wrote, is "extremely rare" in nonhuman animals, while violence is merely an odd feature of our own species, produced by a few wicked people. If only we could "rewild our hearts," he concluded, we might harness our "inborn goodness and optimism" and thereby return to our "nice, kind, compassionate, empathic" original selves.
  • Scientists Reveal Single Gene Is the Difference Between Humans and Apes

    11/22/2012 12:40:23 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 58 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 21 November 2012 | MAKINI BRICE
    What makes us human? Some say that it is the development of language, though others argue that animals have language as well. Some say that it is our ability to use tools, though many animals are able to use rocks and other objects as primitive tools. Some say that it is our ability to see death coming. Now, researchers believe that they have found the definitive difference between humans and other primates, and they think that the difference all comes down to a single gene. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland attribute the split of humanity from apes...
  • (Zombie Apes?!? Banana Bath Salts?!?) Adult Chimpanzee Fatally Mauls Baby Chimp at LA Zoo

    06/27/2012 9:29:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    NBC 4 Los Angeles ^ | Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 | Beverly White and Sam
    Adult Chimpanzee Fatally Mauls Baby Chimp at LA Zoo The unnamed infant was born March 6 to Gracie, who is being allowed to keep the infant overnight to grieve, zoo officials said. The first chimpanzee baby born at the LA Zoo in 13 years was mauled to death Tuesday by an adult chimp in front of a crowd of visitors, including children, zoo officials said. The unnamed infant was born March 6 to Gracie, who is being allowed to keep the infant overnight to grieve, zoo officials said. When the adult male chimp began attacking the infant, zoo staff were...
  • Maher: GOP is the 'Party of the Apes'

    06/19/2012 9:34:31 PM PDT · by Schatze · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | June 19, 2012 | By William Bergstrom
    Bill Maher on Monday called the GOP the “Party of the Apes” and ripped Republicans for not repudiating Rep. Allen West — who, the comedian suggested, should be taken to a mental hospital. “[T]he idea that the blame for our government’s dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horsesh*t and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, ‘The Rise of the Party of the Apes,’” the host of HBO’s “Real Time” wrote on his blog. Maher singled out two...
  • Preview: Were mermaids aquatic apes?

    05/23/2012 3:28:13 PM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 May 2012 | Hollie McKay
    In the two-hour CGI Special “Mermaids: The Body Found,” Animal Planet dives deep into the idea that mermaids may have been real, and, even better -- related to humans! “It’s a very radical theory on human evolution, but we have approached an age-old myth and really chased its origins,” Animal Planet honcho Charlie Foley told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “It has been compiled in a way that is very compelling, making us think that mermaids might not just be mythical creatures.” The show unravels mysterious underwater sound recordings and presents a bone-chilling argument for the Aquatic Ape Theory, which suggests...
  • ...Kanzi, the ape who HAS learned the secret of man's red fire and loves...a good fry-up

    01/02/2012 2:07:38 PM PST · by decimon · 40 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | December 30, 2011 | David Derbyshire
    Eagerly he collects wood from the ground, snaps the branches into small pieces and carefully balances them in a pile. Then, taking care not to burn himself, he gently strikes a match and gets ready for a fry-up. Like all red-blooded males, Kanzi loves messing around with a barbecue. But then, as these extraordinary pictures show, Kanzi is no man. He is a bonobo - pygmy chimpanzee - and his love of fire is challenging the way that we think about our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. For although bonobo apes and larger chimpanzees use twigs and leaves as...
  • DNA Study Contradicts Human/Chimp Common Ancestry

    11/15/2011 7:37:50 AM PST · by fishtank · 29 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 11-15-2011 | Brian Thomas
    DNA Study Contradicts Human/Chimp Common Ancestry by Brian Thomas, M.S. | Nov. 15, 2011 Evolutionary biologists argue that since human and chimp DNA are nearly identical, both species must have evolved from a common ancestor. However, creation scientists have pointed out that their DNA is, in fact, very dissimilar. The vast majority of each species' DNA sequence is not genes, but instead regulated gene expression. A new report unmistakably confirmed that the regulatory DNA of humans is totally different from that of chimps, revealing no hint of common ancestry. Biologist John F. McDonald, of the Georgia Institute of Technology's School...
  • ‘Rise of the Apes’ Director: Film’s Hero Inspired by Che Guevara

    08/22/2011 11:59:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 8/22/11 | Humberto Fontova
    Here’s Rupert Wyatt, director of the blockbuster movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes in a recent interview: “(The script) had become very different and much more exciting to me. It became less a story of domesticization of a pet and more about an uprising and a Che Guevara story.” Here’s the Associated Press review of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”: “Raised much like a human child by a researcher, with help from a veterinarian, Caesar becomes a Che Guevara-style revolutionary, leading a rebellion of apes against their human oppressors.” Ground control to Director Wyatt:
  • 'Planet of the Apes' rises again

    08/05/2011 9:45:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    Newsday ^ | July 29, 2011 | Lewis Beale
    They're not just talking apes -- they're metaphors. Of science run amok, an underclass shrugging off its chains, and how humans treat beings that are lower on the evolutionary scale.
  • Animal Warfare: Could the Taliban Train Monkeys to Shoot?

    07/27/2010 1:05:02 PM PDT · by Cheesel · 28 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 7/27/10 | LiveScience
    A bizarre report of Taliban insurgents training monkeys and baboons to shoot at U.S. and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan seems unrealistic at best, according to an expert. The story that appeared this month in the Chinese People's Daily suggested that insurgents used a reward-and-punishment system to train macaques and baboons to target soldiers wearing U.S. military uniforms. The Taliban supposedly "taught monkeys how to use the Kalashnikov, Bren light machine gun and trench mortars," the People's Daily wrote.
  • L.A. Teacher Rails against Police "Apes", "Occupied Mexico" (Gochez at it again)

    05/15/2010 10:13:23 AM PDT · by montag813 · 89 replies · 4,452+ views
    StandWithArizona.com (Facebook) ^ | 05-15-2010 | Stand With Arizona
    L.A. "teacher" Ron Gochez strikes again. Gochez, who for some unknown reason remains a teacher at Santee H.S. Complex in Los Angeles, is at it again in this video, railing against the police as "apes of repression", calls L.A. the "occupied territories of Mexico" and says he "represents" a "Mexican revolutionary organi...zation". He must teach one heck of a "history" class to young minds full of mush in L.A. This 2007 video adds to the prior footage of Gochez' racist, anti-Semitic and seditious rantings. If Gochez had been a Caucasian teacher who called for a white uprising against the U.S....
  • Missing link between man and apes found [BUT FIRST...]

    04/04/2010 8:30:39 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 48 replies · 1,188+ views
    Freerepublic ^ | Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | Liberty1970
    This is so timely: And funny!!! “The Evolution Interpreter: Generic Transition Form Fossil Discovery Article” Over the years I’ve read copiously on the subject of origins. I’ve noticed the media pronouncements on the subject of new fossils and evolutionary theory form a startlingly repetitive pattern. To save the over-worked and increasingly bankrupt news media I’ve undertaken to serve them with a generic news story that can be copy-and-pasted with few modifications and reused as frequently as desired. New Fossil Discovery Is Transition Form, Provides Proof of Evolution! University of ________ Scientists say they’ve found a “missing link” in the early...
  • Missing link between man and apes found

    04/04/2010 6:15:54 AM PDT · by tom h · 42 replies · 1,262+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 03 Apr 2010 | Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
    A "missing link" between humans and their apelike ancestors has been discovered. The new species of hominid, the evolutionary branch of primates that includes humans, is to be revealed when the two-million-year-old skeleton of a child is unveiled this week. Scientists believe the almost-complete fossilised skeleton belonged to a previously-unknown type of early human ancestor that may have been a intermediate stage as ape-men evolved into the first species of advanced humans, Homo habilis.
  • Human Evolution: Endogenous Retroviruses prove that humans and chimps share a common ancestor.

    01/31/2010 9:08:09 AM PST · by EnderWiggins · 89 replies · 955+ views
    Gene ^ | 2000 Apr 18 | Lebedev, Y. B. et. al.
    Endogenous retroviruses are the remnant DNA of a past viral infection. Retroviruses (like the AIDS virus or HTLV1, which causes a form of leukemia) make a copy of their own viral DNA and insert it into their host's DNA. This is how they take over the cellular machinery of a cell and use it to manufacture new copies of the virus. Sometimes, the cell that get’s infected by such a virus is an immature egg cell in the ovary of a female animal. Such cells can be stored in a state of suspended animation or dormancy for as much as...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio prgram- The Planet of the Apes Special

    10/09/2009 8:00:53 PM PDT · by ibbetsonusa · 1 replies · 517+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 10-06-09 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this epsiode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program we talk about the 2009 halloween special. We also talk at length about my new article on a return to the planet of the apes. It is a very interesting show. We invite you to listen and comment on the show!
  • St. James, LaDonna, and Little Moe: The Worst Story I Ever Heard

    02/18/2009 12:40:02 AM PST · by kik5150 · 7 replies · 1,241+ views
    Esquire ^ | 02/17/09 | Rich Schapiro
    The Davises are like any other family, only instead of a son, they raised a chimpanzee. For thirty years, everything was going swell. Then something far stranger — and horrifying — happened. Just as horrifying — if not more so — than the chimpanzee attack in Connecticut on Monday.
  • A world going ape--The case for not equating Cheeta with Tarzan.

    07/16/2008 5:36:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-16-08 | RABBI AVI SHAFRAN
    It's easy to snickeringly dismiss the recent disclosure that the late hotelier Leona Helmsley not only left $12 million to her dog but nearly all of the rest of her estate - an estimated $5 billion to $8 billion (yes, billion) - to dogdom. No correlation, after all, has ever been evident between wealth and sanity. Apes may resemble humans, but they never get punished for stealing a banana. Photo: Courtesy Great Ape Project More significant by far was another recent bit of animal news, the Spanish parliament's June 25 vote in support of extending the right to life and...
  • Fairfax, Virginia: Review Finds Slurs In '06 Saudi Texts

    07/15/2008 6:01:16 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 29 replies · 277+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/15/08 | J. Markon & B. Hubbard
    By Jerry Markon and Ben Hubbard Washington Post Staff Writers Tuesday, July 15, 2008; Page B01 A Saudi-funded academy in Fairfax County used textbooks as recently as 2006 that compared Jews and Christians to apes and pigs, told eighth-graders that these groups are "the enemies of the believers" and diagrammed for high school students where to cut off the hands and feet of thieves, a Washington Post review of the books has found. Saudi officials acknowledged that the textbooks used at the Islamic Saudi Academy had contained inflammatory material since at least the mid-1990s but said they ordered revisions in...
  • Islamic Academy in Fairfax, VA Used Texts That Compares Jews and Christians to Apes and Pigs

    07/15/2008 2:24:57 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 2 replies · 56+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | July 15, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    A Saudi-funded academy in Fairfax County used textbooks as recently as 2006 that compared Jews and Christians to apes and pigs, told eighth-graders that these groups are “the enemies of the believers” and diagrammed for high school students where to cut off the hands and feet of thieves, a Washington Post review of the books has found. It seems that some pretty smart kids go there. And the school's track record is pretty good, if you don't count the one kid who bypassed college, joined al-Qaeda, and tried to kill President Bush.
  • Bisexual Species: Unorthodox Sex in the Animal Kingdom

    07/12/2008 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 35 replies · 225+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 10, 2008 | Emily V. Driscoll
    Two penguins native to Antarctica met one spring day in 1998 in a tank at the Central Park Zoo in midtown Manhattan. They perched atop stones and took turns diving in and out of the clear water below. They entwined necks, called to each other and mated. They then built a nest together to prepare for an egg. But no egg was forthcoming: Roy and Silo were both male. Robert Gramzay, a keeper at the zoo, watched the chinstrap penguin pair roll a rock into their nest and sit on it, according to newspaper reports. Gramzay found an egg from...
  • Socialists and green party lawmakers grant rights to apes not enjoyed by humans

    06/27/2008 1:26:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 108+ views
    CNA ^ | June 27, 2008
    Madrid, Jun 27, 2008 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- The civil rights watchdog website HazteOir.org reported this week that Spain’s Socialist Party and the Green Party of Catalonia have grated orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas and other apes the “inalienable right” of “companions of humanity.”The Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Fishing of the Spanish Congress approved a proposal that would press the Zapatero administration to support the Great Ape project in order to guarantee apes the right to life, liberty and the right not to be tortured.  The final text of the proposal was drafted by Green party and Socialist lawmakers,...
  • Chimps Not So Selfish: Comforting Behavior May Well Be Expression Of Empathy

    06/26/2008 3:38:39 PM PDT · by ProCivitas · 8 replies · 119+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6/19/08
    Compared to their sex-mad, peace-loving Bonobo counterparts, chimpanzees are often seen as a scheming, war-mongering, and selfish species. As both apes are allegedly our closest relatives, together they are often depicted as representing the two extremes of human behaviour. Orlaith Fraser, who will receive her PhD from LJMU's School of Biological Sciences in July 2008, has conducted research that shows chimpanzee behaviour is not as clear cut as previously thought. Her study is the first one to demonstrate the effects of consolation amongst chimpanzees. In her recently published article, Fraser analyses how the apes behave after a fight. Working with...
  • Spanish Parliament To Extend Rights To Apes

    06/25/2008 5:24:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies · 262+ views
    reuters ^ | June 25, 2008 | Martin Roberts
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans. Parliament's environmental committee approved resolutions urging Spain to comply with the Great Apes Project, devised by scientists and philosophers who say our closest genetic relatives deserve rights hitherto limited to humans. "This is a historic day in the struggle for animal rights and in defense of our evolutionary comrades, which will doubtless go down in the history of humanity," said Pedro Pozas,...
  • Great Apes Think Ahead: Conclusive Evidence Of Advanced Planning Capacities

    06/18/2008 7:53:50 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 166+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-19-2008 | Springer
    Great Apes Think Ahead: Conclusive Evidence Of Advanced Planning CapacitiesIn a series of four experiments, Mathias and Helena Osvath investigated whether chimpanzees and orangutans could override immediate drives in favor of future needs, and therefore demonstrate both self-control and the ability to plan ahead, rather than simply fulfill immediate needs through impulsive behavior. (Credit: iStockphoto/Michael Steden) ScienceDaily (Jun. 19, 2008) — Apes can plan for their future needs just as we humans can – by using self-control and imagining future events. Mathias and Helena Osvath’s research, from Lunds University Cognitive Science in Sweden, is the first to provide conclusive evidence...
  • Apes Blamed For Crime Spree

    09/24/2007 9:57:50 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 11 replies · 54+ views
    Sky News ^ | Septembedr 24, 2007 | Emma Hurd
    South Africa's crime problem has taken a new twist. A gang of baboons is being blamed for a series of break-ins. The chacma baboons, which live wild in the Cape peninsula, have been raiding people's homes for food and causing thousands of pounds in damage.
  • Female Chimpanzees 'Sell' Sex For Fruit

    09/14/2007 2:34:17 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 3,104+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 11/09/2007 | Auslan Cramb
    Female chimpanzees 'sell' sex for fruit By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent Last Updated: 4:01pm BST 11/09/2007 Female chimpanzees are "selling" sex to the males that gather the most fruit, according to new research. Behavioural psychologists found that female chimps mate with the males that give them the most fruit, while male chimps steal "desirable" fruits such as papaya from farms and orchards in a bid to woo potential mates. Oranges, pineapples and maize are among the most sought after crops, with bananas proving far less popular. The scientists also discovered that the chimp that gathered the most fruit in the...
  • Higher Social Skills Are Distinctly Human, Toddler And Ape Study Reveals

    09/09/2007 1:05:43 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 451+ views
    http://www.sciencedaily.com ^ | September 7th, 2007 | American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Science Daily — Apes bite and try to break a tube to retrieve the food inside while children follow the experimenter's example to get inside the tube to retrieve the prize, showing that even before preschool, toddlers are more sophisticated in their social learning skills than their closest primate relatives, according to a report published in the 7 September issue of the journal Science. Chimpanzees participated in a comprehensive battery of tasks comparing their physical and social cognitive abilities to those of 2-year-old human children. (Credit: Image courtesy of MPI EVAN/JGI-USA) This innate proficiency allows them to excel in...
  • Swedish tax collectors organized by apes

    07/23/2007 11:40:39 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 920+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 07/23/2007 | TT/The Local
    A reorganization of workers at the Swedish Tax Authority is partly shaped on studies of apes, according to a leaked internal report. Employees are not flattered by the comparison. The tax authority is currently undergoing its largest reorganization for many years. One of the foundations of the restructuring plan is a report which says that studies of apes show that people work best in groups of 150. The reorganization was announced earlier in the summer. Work is being moved from small towns to larger towns and cities. Around 1,350 people are affected by the move. Economies of scale are a...
  • (Multicult Alert!) Don't Stare at the Apes, Zoo Tells Visitors

    04/16/2007 11:41:47 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies · 1,507+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 04/16//2007 | Martin Banks
    Don't stare at the apes, zoo tells visitors By Martin Banks Last Updated: 1:15am BST 16/04/2007 Most people visit zoos to see the animals - but visitors to Antwerp Zoo in Belgium are being told not to look at the apes. Instead, visitors are now confronted with signs telling them that making prolonged eye contact with the apes leaves them sad and withdrawn. Zoo staff reckon staring can result in the creatures becoming less sociable. A spokesman said: "We are saying to visitors that, if our apes hold eye contact with them, then they should look away for a bit...
  • Human Rights for Apes?

    03/31/2007 2:22:26 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 21 replies · 485+ views
    http://www.greatapeproject.org ^ | March 22, 2007 | Michele L. Stumpe
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An international movement is growing to grant human rights and "personhood" to apes. In Austria, judges must decide whether a British woman should become legal guardian of a chimpanzee, and in Spain, members of parliament are being urged to grant apes the right to life, freedom and protection from torture, reports BBC News magazine. Ian Redmond of the U.N.'s Great Apes Survival Project contends apes are special because they are so closely related to humans – chimpanzees and bonobos, for example, differ by only 1 percent of DNA. Redmond argues the great apes have the human quality of self-awareness...
  • (BBC:) Should apes have human rights?

    03/29/2007 9:08:36 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 49 replies · 411+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 03/29/2007 | Tom Geoghegan
    Should apes have human rights? By Tom Geoghegan BBC News Magazine Apes and humans have common ancestors but should they have the same rights? An international movement to give them "personhood" is gathering pace. What would Aristotle make of it? More than 2,000 years after the Greek philosopher declared Mother Nature had made all animals for the sake of man, there are moves to put the relationship on a more equal footing. Judges in Austria are considering whether a British woman, Paula Stibbe, should become legal guardian of a chimpanzee called Hiasl which was abducted from its family tribe in...
  • Not the UK... it's Saudi Arabia (Christians are Pigs, Jews are Apes)

    02/07/2007 8:10:01 AM PST · by Rodney Kings Brain · 8 replies · 431+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | Feb. 6th, 2007 | GARY O’SHEA
    A BRITISH Muslim school is teaching children that Jews are “repugnant apes” and Christians “pigs”, a former teacher claims. Colin Cook, 57, says when he raised his concerns to chiefs at the Saudi government-funded King Fahad Academy in West London he was told: “This is not England. It is Saudi Arabia.” Some of the 1,250 pupils at the faith school are alleged to have been heard idolising Osama bin Laden, praising 9/11 and saying they want to “kill Americans”. Mr Cook — himself a Muslim — warned yesterday: “The school could produce a dangerous harvest. “It is clearly racist and...
  • Cultured Cousins? (Looking at apes, tools, and human evolution)

    02/01/2007 2:30:10 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 590+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 1-31-2007 | Kirsten Vala
    Cultured Cousins? January 31, 2007 by Kirsten Vala Looking at apes, tools, and human evolution Many animals have been observed using tools: Dolphins use sponges when fishing, crows use sticks to forage for insects in dead wood, capuchin monkeys use stones to break open nuts. A wild chimpanzee in a nest (or bed or sleeping platform), essentially a simple shelter. This is a constructed artifact, a simple example of elementary technology, which happens to be a great ape universal. (© W.C. McGrew) Apes use tools. So what? What does that tell us about human evolution? As it turns out, observing...
  • Ebola Heads For Last Great Apes

    11/12/2006 5:46:15 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 584+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-12-2006
    YET more evidence is in that the Ebola virus is spreading in a wave across Africa - putting the world's last big populations of lowland gorillas directly in its path. In 2003, an outbreak of Ebola struck gorillas living in the Congo. Bats in the area at that time were also carrying the virus, researchers recently discovered (New Scientist, 3 December 2005, p 20). That meant either the virus had always been lurking in bats, and spread to the gorillas, or that the bats were newly infected as the epidemic crossed their territory. Now researchers have found that the bat...
  • To be a "good" Muslim; part IIII

    11/02/2006 7:46:18 AM PST · by Posting · 2 replies · 496+ views
    To be a "good" Muslim! Part I http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1726241/posts Part II http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1727912/posts Part III http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1728361/posts Dehumaize victims of Islamic terror, especially Israeli men, women & children as "tanks". Never apologize for the continuing exposed (Like Muhammad Aldura, Reuters "images", Jenin "numbers" & added bodies) long tradition of lying, faking, inventing hoaxes, faking images, etc. but rather be already busy with preparing the next one. Islamic violence and bloodshed is always ahead of West's "reprisal", in other words, Bin Laden, Muhammad Atta, etc. have massacred Americans on 9/11/2001 was because the US will eventually go into Afghanistan afterwards, Islamists almost succeeded with...
  • Brain gene shows dramatic difference from chimp to human

    08/16/2006 11:38:54 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 316 replies · 3,621+ views
    EurekAlert (AAAS) ^ | 16 August 2006 | Staff
    One of the fastest-evolving pieces of DNA in the human genome is a gene linked to brain development, according to findings by an international team of researchers published in the Aug. 17 issue of the journal Nature. In a computer-based search for pieces of DNA that have undergone the most change since the ancestors of humans and chimps diverged, "Human Accelerated Region 1" or HAR1, was a clear standout, said lead author Katie Pollard, assistant professor at the UC Davis Genome Center and the Department of Statistics. "It's evolving incredibly rapidly," Pollard said. "It's really an extreme case." As a...
  • Apes -- not monkeys -- ace IQ tests

    08/01/2006 9:06:06 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 28 replies · 687+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | August 1, 2006 | Staff
    Durham, N.C. -- The great apes are the smartest of all nonhuman primates, with orangutans and chimpanzees consistently besting monkeys and lemurs on a variety of intelligence tests, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found. "It's clear that some species can and do develop enhanced abilities for solving particular problems," said Robert O. Deaner, Ph.D., who led the study as part of his doctoral dissertation. "But our results imply that natural selection may favor a general type of intelligence in some circumstances. We suspect that this was crucial in human evolution." The study was published online August 1, 2006, in...
  • Gorillas Infecting Each Other With Ebola

    07/10/2006 8:07:24 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 733+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-10-2006 | Debora McKenzie
    Gorillas infecting each other with Ebola 17:00 10 July 2006 NewScientist.com news service Debora MacKenzie Lowland gorillas are catching the devastating Ebola virus not just from the virus's normal host, thought to be bats, but also from each other. So conclude Damien Caillaud and colleagues at the University of Rennes in France, who began watching 377 gorillas in Odzala National Park in Congo in 2001. "Maybe 30 are left now" of that original group, Caillaud told New Scientist.(There are other gorillas in the park that were not in the study group, which was defined by their use of the observation...
  • Spanish Parliament Supports Rights for Apes

    06/30/2006 9:35:12 AM PDT · by dukeman · 30 replies · 741+ views
    AOL News ^ | June 27, 2006 | Jason Webb
    MADRID - Spain's parliament is to declare support for rights to life and freedom for great apes on Wednesday, apparently the first time any national legislature will have recognized such rights for non-humans. The resolution prompted criticism and ridicule at first. Parliament is to ask the government to adhere to the Great Ape Project, which would mean recognizing that our closest genetic relatives should be part of a "community of equals" with humans, supporters of the resolution said. The move in a country better known for bull-fighting would follow a string of social reforms which have converted Spain from one...
  • Christians Still 'Swine' And Jews 'Apes' In Saudi Schools

    06/24/2006 7:11:42 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 702+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-25-2006 | Harrey de Quetteville
    Christians still 'swine' and Jews 'apes' in Saudi schools By Harry de Quetteville, Middle East Correspondent (Filed: 25/06/2006) Saudi Arabia has been accused of continuing to foster religious hatred in its schools, despite its repeated assurances since the September 11 attacks that it would rewrite textbooks that refer to Jews as "apes" and Christians as "swine". The charges come after Freedom House, a non-partisan American research group which monitors civil rights worldwide, examined textbooks that it smuggled out of Saudi Arabia. The group found that despite promises of change from leading Saudi officials, including Saud al-Faisal, the foreign minister, and...
  • Spanish go ape over monkey rights

    06/10/2006 11:43:37 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 30 replies · 592+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | June 11, 2006 | David Rennie
    SPAIN could soon become the first country in the world to give chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and other great apes some of the fundamental rights granted to human beings under a law being proposed by members of the ruling Socialist coalition.The law would eliminate the concept of "ownership" for great apes, instead placing them under the "moral guardianship" of the state, such as in the case for children in care, the severely disabled and those in comas, said the MP behind the project, Francisco Garrido. Great apes held in Spanish zoos would be moved to state-built sanctuaries, unless there was a...
  • Chimp Virus Is Linked to H.I.V.

    05/25/2006 9:40:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies · 2,394+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    By studying chimpanzee droppings in remote African jungles, scientists reported yesterday, they have found direct evidence of a missing link between a chimpanzee virus and the one that causes human AIDS. Scientists have long suspected that chimpanzees are the source of the human AIDS pandemic because at least one subspecies carries a simian immune deficiency virus closely related to H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. But because the simian virus, known as S.I.V.cpz, was identified in chimpanzees in captivity, researchers could not be sure that the same simian virus existed among these apes in the wild. It does, the team...
  • Nigerian Monkeys Drop Hints on Language Origin

    05/23/2006 4:32:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 625+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 23, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers taping calls of the putty-nosed monkey in the forests of Nigeria may have come a small step closer to understanding the origins of human language. The researchers have heard the monkeys string two alarm calls into a combined sound with a different meaning, as if forming a word, Kate Arnold and Klaus Zuberbühler report in the current issue of Nature. Monkeys are known to have specific alarm calls for different predators. Vervet monkeys have one call for eagles, another for snakes and a third for leopards. But this seems a far cry from language because the vervets do not...