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  • Chimps have mental skills to cook: study

    06/03/2015 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    Yahooooo!.......... ^ | 06-03-2015 | By Sharon Begley
    They're not likely to start barbecuing in the rainforest, but chimpanzees can understand the concept of cooking and are willing to postpone eating raw food, even carrying food some distance to cook it rather than eat immediately, scientists reported on Tuesday. The findings, based on nine experiments conducted at the Tchimpounga Sanctuary in Republic of Congo and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggest that chimps have all the brainpower needed to cook, including planning, causal understanding, and ability to postpone gratification. They do lack the ability to produce fire. But if they were given a source of...
  • Chimpanzee Whacks Camera Drone Out of Mid-Air with a Stick VIDEO

    04/12/2015 3:19:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 04/12/15 | Michael Zhang
    Pro tip: Don’t fly your camera drone too close to chimpanzees. They might knock it out of the air using a stick. That’s what happened to one camera drone user over in the Netherlands while flying a drone in a zoo’s chimpanzee habitat. One of the chimps decided that “enough is enough”
  • US military hopes to learn from victim of chimp attack

    03/10/2015 2:28:51 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | 3-10-2015 | SUSAN HAIGH, AP
    <p>BOSTON – Charla Nash never served in the military. She was horribly disfigured, not in combat, but in a 2009 attack by a rampaging chimpanzee. The Pentagon, though, is watching her recovery closely.</p> <p>The U.S. military paid for Nash's full face transplant in 2011 and is underwriting her follow-up treatment at a combined cost estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, in the hope that some of the things it learns can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war.</p>
  • Humans More Related To Orangutans Than Chimps, Study Suggests

    06/21/2009 2:43:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 3,246+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | June 18, 2009
    New evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Reporting in the June 18 edition of the Journal of Biogeography, the researchers reject as "problematic" the popular suggestion, based on DNA analysis, that humans are most closely related to chimpanzees, which they maintain is not supported by fossil evidence.
  • Cage-bound chimp doesn't have same rights as humans, court rules

    12/04/2014 4:00:31 PM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    cbsnews ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | CBS/AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York appeals court says a chimpanzee isn't entitled to the rights of a human and doesn't have to be freed by its owner. The three-judge Appellate Division panel was unanimous Thursday in denying "legal personhood" to Tommy, who lives alone in a cage in upstate Fulton County. A trial level court had previously denied the Nonhuman Rights Project's effort to have Tommy released. The group's lawyer, Steven Wise, told the appeals court in October that the chimp's living conditions are akin to a person in unlawful solitary confinement.
  • Primate fossil 'not an ancestor'

    10/22/2009 6:04:42 AM PDT · by IronKros · 10 replies · 420+ views
    The exceptionally well-preserved fossil primate known as "Ida" is not a missing link as some have claimed, according to an analysis in the journal Nature. The research is the first independent assessment of the claims made in a scientific paper and a television documentary earlier this year. Dr Erik Seiffert says that Ida belonged to a group more closely linked to lemurs than to monkeys, apes or us. His team's conclusions come from an analysis of another fossil primate. The newly described animal - known as Afradapis longicristatus - lived some 37 million years ago in northern Egypt, during the...
  • Evolution study tightens human-chimp connection

    01/23/2006 4:31:58 PM PST · by PatrickHenry · 776 replies · 8,196+ views
    EurekAlert (AAAS) ^ | 23 January 2006 | Staff
    Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found genetic evidence that seems to support a controversial hypothesis that humans and chimpanzees may be more closely related to each other than chimps are to the other two species of great apes – gorillas and orangutans. They also found that humans evolved at a slower rate than apes. Appearing in the January 23, 2006 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, biologist Soojin Yi reports that the rate of human and chimp molecular evolution – changes that occur over time at the genetic level – is much slower...
  • Brain Asymmetries in Chimps Resemble Those of Humans [Evolution]

    12/06/2004 3:29:20 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 24 replies · 632+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 06 December 2004 | Sarah Graham
    The brains of chimpanzees show a number of similarities to human brains, the results of two new studies suggest. Findings published in the December issue ofBehavioral Neuroscience indicate that the animals have differences between the right and left sides of their brains in much the same way that humans do. In addition, it appears that the neurological basis for handedness is not unique to our species. Hani D. Freeman of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and his colleagues scanned the brains of 60 chimpanzees with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and measured two key regions of the brain's limbic system,...
  • Chimp and human DNA is 96% identical

    09/02/2005 5:54:45 AM PDT · by nfldgirl · 40 replies · 1,083+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 31 2005 | Clive Cookson, Science Editor
    By Clive Cookson, Science Editor Published: August 31 2005 18:46 | Last updated: August 31 2005 18:46 The first detailed genetic comparison between humans and chimpanzees shows that 96 per cent of the DNA sequence is identical in the two species. But there are significant differences, particularly in genes relating to sexual reproduction, brain development, immunity and the sense of smell. An international scientific consortium publishes the genome of the chimpanzee, the animal most closely related to homo sapiens on Thursday in the journal Nature. It is the fourth mammal to have its full genome sequenced, after the mouse, rat...
  • EVOLUTION: Genome Comparisons Hold Clues to Human Evolution

    12/13/2003 12:46:20 PM PST · by Lessismore · 1 replies · 241+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2002-12-12 | Elizabeth Pennisi
    Despite decades of study, geneticists don't know what makes humans human. Language, long arms, and tree-climbing prowess aside, humans and our kissing cousins, chimpanzees, share practically all of our DNA. Genomic studies have suggested that the regulation of genes, rather than the genes themselves, set the two primate species apart. But genes are still an important part of the story, says Michele Cargill, a geneticist at Celera Diagnostics in Alameda, California. She and her colleagues found key differences between chimp and human genome coding sequences, differences that propelled human evolution and sometimes lead to genetic diseases. Genes for olfaction and...
  • Why the Y chromosome is a hotbed for evolution(human male genes so different from chimp's)

    01/24/2010 7:05:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,247+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 01/14/10 | Mark Henderson
    Why the Y chromosome is a hotbed for evolution Mark Henderson, Science Editor The Y chromosome is often seen as the rotten corner of the human genome — a place of evolutionary decline that is slowly decaying and threatening the end of man. Reports of its imminent demise, however, have been exaggerated. Research has indicated that, far from stagnating, the male chromosome is a hotspot of evolution that is changing more quickly than any other part of humanity’s genetic code. In most mammals the sex of offspring is determined by X and Y chromosomes. Females have two Xs, males have...
  • Scientists Find Evolution Clue in Chimp DNA

    01/02/2006 3:08:53 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 171 replies · 2,661+ views
    A group of researchers from Korea and Japan has deciphered the Y chromosome of chimpanzees' genetic code, getting a step closer to solving the mysteries surrounding human evolution. It is well known that we share more than 98 percent of our DNA and almost all of our genes with the chimpanzee. Now the researchers have decoded more than half of the Y chromosomes, or 12.7 million base pairs, of man's closest living relative. "Because no genetic exchange occurs, the Y chromosome is important in explaining the evolution process," said Park Hong-seog, a senior researcher at the Korea Research Institute of...
  • Chimps More Evolved Than Humans (Hmmmm)

    04/17/2007 10:53:23 AM PDT · by curtisgardner · 69 replies · 1,020+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 4/17/07 | Jeanna Bryner
    Since the human-chimp split about 6 million years ago, chimpanzee genes can be said to have evolved more than human genes, a new study suggests. The results, detailed online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, contradict the conventional wisdom that humans are the result of a high degree of genetic selection, evidenced by our relatively large brains, cognitive abilities and bi-pedalism. Jianzhi Zhang of the University of Michigan and his colleagues analyzed strings of DNA from nearly 14,000 protein-coding genes shared by chimps and humans. They looked for differences gene by gene and whether they...
  • Oldest known human ancestor rewrites evolution theories

    10/01/2009 12:18:15 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 85 replies · 2,169+ views ^ | October 1, 2009 | Ken Meaney
    Probable life appearance in anterior view of Ardipithecus ramidus ("Ardi"), ARA-VP 6/500.Photograph by: Handout, Illustrations 2009, J.H. Matternes An international team of scientists unveiled Thursday the results of 15 years of study of one of the oldest known human ancestors, Ardipithecus ramidus, which they say overturns much of what we know about human evolution. And surprisingly, it's also rewriting the story of our relation to gorillas and chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, and their development as well. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, one of the authors involved in the research and the man who discovered the first pieces of the most complete...
  • Fossils Shed New Light on Human Past (Our ancestors were more modern than scholars had assumed)

    10/02/2009 7:10:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 584+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/2/2009 | Robert Lee Hotz
    After 15 years of rumors, researchers made public fossils from a 4.4 million-year-old human forebear they say reveals that our ancestors were more modern than scholars had assumed, widening the evolutionary gulf separating humankind from apes and chimpanzees. The highlight of the extensive fossil trove was a female skeleton a million years older than the iconic bones of Lucy, the primitive female figure that has long symbolized humankind's beginnings. An international research team led by paleoanthropologist Tim White at the University of California, Berkeley, unveiled on Thursday remains from 36 males, females and young of an ancient prehuman species called...
  • First-ever chimpanzee fossils found. Discovery raises questions about human evolution

    05/18/2008 8:47:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies · 295+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 31,2005 | Bjorn Carey
    The first-ever chimpanzee fossils were recently discovered in an area previously thought to be unsuitable for chimps. Fossils from human ancestors were also found nearby. Although researchers have only found a few chimp teeth, the discovery could cause a shake-up in the theories of human evolution. “We know today if you go to western and central Africa that humans and chimps live in similar and neighboring environments,” said Nina Jablonski, an anthropologist at the California Academy of Sciences. “This is the first evidence in the fossil record that they coexisted in the same place in the past.” It had previously...
  • Using ENCODE Data for Human-Chimp DNA Comparisons

    01/01/2014 4:00:01 PM PST · by lasereye · 14 replies
    ICR ^ | 1/1/2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    In 2012, a variety of research papers associated with the ENCODE project (Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements) described how the human genome was pervasively copied—transcribed—into an amazing array of functional RNA molecules that regulate how genes and the genome function.1 Much of the pervasive transcription is based on long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) that have the same control features as protein-coding genes but with other functions.2 A large group of lncRNAs stay in the cell’s nucleus, where some directly regulate how genes are expressed while others help modify chromosome structure. Some lncRNAs are exported into the cell’s cytoplasm to regulate the production...
  • 'Humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig

    11/30/2013 3:12:24 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 223 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:45 GMT, 30 November 2013 | By DAMIEN GAYLE
    The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested. The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals. He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates. Dr McCarthy says these divergent characteristics are most likely the result of a hybrid origin at some point far back in human evolutionary history....
  • (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...
  • (D@mn Dirty Apes!) Deceptive Chimp Hides Ammo, Blasts Unsuspecting Zoo Visitors

    05/17/2012 7:27:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Live Science ^ | 17 May 2012 | Charles Choi,
    Deceptive Chimp Hides Ammo, Blasts Unsuspecting Zoo Visitors - (Santino just 1 second before the throw.) A chimp that creates hiding places for rocks he throws at zoo visitors reveals for the first time that humanity's closest living relatives can plan to deceive, researchers say. These findings could shed light on the evolution of higher mental functions such as planning, investigators added. The chimpanzee known as Santino is the dominant male of his group at Furuvik Zoo in Sweden. Intriguingly, past research showed the ape calmly gathered stones from his enclosure's moat and pieces of concrete he pulled off an...
  • ...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...
  • Lab chimps see daylight for first time in 30 years

    09/07/2011 6:18:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 29 replies
    The Sun ^ | 06 Sept 2011 | ELLIE ROSS
    THIS is the moment a group of chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time in 30 years — after being locked in cages for medical testing. The animals hugged each other in delight before they took their first steps outside. Emotional footage, below, shows how they reacted to their new surroundings. The outing marked the end of a 14-year bid to re-integrate the 38 primates after they spent most of their lives cooped up inside. One commentator said: "They hugged as if saying, 'We're finally free'. And then they laughed." The chimpanzees were taken from their mothers shortly after their...
  • Victim's scars, medical bills replay horrors of chimp attack (sanctuary cover-up)

    01/23/2011 3:30:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 1+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 23, 2011 | Lorri Helfand
    Maturen, 22, had been a volunteer at the sanctuary for more than three years. She recalls the events of Feb. 12 [2010] in great detail. [snip -- she relates the horror in detail next] No one from the sanctuary called 911...Just before 11:30 a.m., someone else did call. A man told the dispatcher..."Something's happening over there," he said. "I don't know if one of those apes got loose, but we had to run out of there real fast, and there were women screaming over there." Deputy Gregory Mason arrived at 11:37 a.m. and found the gates locked.... [snip -- she...
  • Bear attack highlights lax Ohio exotic pet laws ( CT and FL...)

    08/31/2010 9:25:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    ap ^ | August 31, 2010 | JULIE CARR SMYTH
    The bear that recently killed a caretaker in a Cleveland suburb was the latest example of animal violence in a state that has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them. The death in Ohio and attacks elsewhere - including the maiming of a Connecticut woman by her friend's pet chimpanzee and a 2-year-old Florida girl squeezed to death by her family's python - highlight that the patchwork of federal, state and local laws on keeping dangerous wild animals at home has holes. After a friend's 200-pound...
  • New Chromosome Research Undermines Human-Chimp Similarity Claims

    08/05/2010 1:51:06 PM PDT · by lasereye · 76 replies
    Institution for Creation Research ^ | Apr 1, 2010 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D., & Brian Thomas, M.S.
    A recent high-profile article in the journal Nature released the results of a study with implications that shocked the scientific community because they contradict long-held claims of human-chimp DNA similarity.1 A previous Acts & Facts article showed that much of the research surrounding the often touted claims of 98 percent (or higher) DNA similarity between chimps and humans has been based on flawed and biased research.2 The problem is that the similarity has been uncertain because no one has performed an unbiased and comprehensive DNA similarity study until now. And the results are not good news for the story of...
  • Tennessee Hospitality Association CEO Sends Out E-mail Mocking Michelle Obama as Tarzan's Chimpanzee

    03/07/2010 2:00:55 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 38 replies · 2,004+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | March 7, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Tennessee Hospitality Association CEO Walt Baker has sent out an e-mail mockingly comparing Michelle Obama to Tarzan's chimpanzee sidekick, Cheeta. In an e-mail forwarded by Walt Baker to 12 prominent Nashvillians on Thursday, in what he originally called political humor, there was an unflattering picture of Michelle Obama, whose face was in a certain expression, right beneath a chimpanzee which seemed to be making the exact same facial expression. Additionally, Michelle Obama was the butt of the joke in the same e-mail in a comparison to chimpanzee Cheeta, after it was said that she went on to marry a lawyer...
  • Chimps Master First Step in Controlling Fire

    12/26/2009 9:46:45 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 41 replies · 1,510+ views
    livescience ^ | 21 December 2009 | Charles Q. Choi
    Chimps remain cool under fire, possessing a near human ability to predict how wildfires spread and react accordingly. This newfound capability of chimpanzees to understand flames might shed light on when and how our distant ancestors first learned to control fire, scientists now suggest. Primatologist Jill Pruetz at Iowa State University in Ames was observing savanna chimpanzees in Senegal in 2006 as people were setting wildfires, an annual tradition that clears land and aids hunting. Most areas within the chimpanzees' home range are burned to some degree. "It was the end of the dry season, so the fires burn so...
  • Tweaking the Genetic Code: Debunking Attempts to Engineer Evolution

    12/01/2009 9:22:15 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 26 replies · 1,287+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | December 2009 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    A new concept making its way through the scientific community holds that just a few key changes in the right genes will result in a whole new life form as different from its progenitor as a bird is from a lizard![1] This idea is being applied to a number of key problems in the evolutionary model, one of which is the lack of transitional forms in both the fossil record and the living (extant) record. The new concept supposedly adds support to the "punctuated equilibrium" model proposed by the late Harvard paleontologist Stephen J. Gould. Dr. Gould derived his ideas...
  • Connecticut woman reveals her face after chimp attack

    11/11/2009 1:39:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 84 replies · 5,241+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 11, 2009 | David K. Li
    A Connecticut woman who was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee revealed her horribly disfigured face to a national TV audience today after talk queen Oprah Winfrey lifted the veil off her face. Charla Nash, 56, told Oprah she usually walks around the Cleveland Clinic with her hat and veil so she doesn’t frighten any hospital visitors.
  • Is This Haunting Picture Proof That Chimps Really DO Grieve?

    10/26/2009 11:01:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 53 replies · 3,494+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | October 27th 2009
    Is This Haunting Picture Proof That Chimps Really DO Grieve? MICHAEL HANLON 27th October 2009 [Pic in URL] United in what appears to be deep and profound grief, a phalanx of more than a dozen chimpanzees stood in silence watching from behind the wire of their enclosure as the body of one of their own was wheeled past. This extraordinary scene took place recently at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, West Africa. When a chimp called Dorothy, who was in her late 40s, died of heart failure, her fellow apes seemed to be stricken by sorrow. Enlarge Chimpanzees...
  • Restating the case for human uniqueness

    08/10/2009 9:27:31 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 8 replies · 573+ views
    Spiked Online ^ | Summer 2009 | Helene Guldberg
    home | about spiked | issues | support spiked Friday 26 June 2009Restating the case for human uniquenessA brilliant new book cuts through all the media-oriented research about ‘clever chimps’ using tools, doing maths and feeling emotions, and reminds us that, in truth, there is nothing remotely human about primates.Helene Guldberg Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes That Make Us Human is a refreshing defence of human uniqueness. ‘We are a truly exceptional primate with minds that are genuinely discontinuous to other animals’, Jeremy Taylor writes. The first half of Not a Chimp challenges ‘the basis...
  • Chimp bites off Berlin zoo director's finger

    06/09/2009 7:36:46 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 1,523+ views
    thelocal ^ | 9 Jun 09
    Berlin doctors have refused to give a prognosis on whether Berlin zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz’ index finger had been successfully reattached after a chimpanzee bit it off on Monday. “There is a chance for the very destroyed finger, but it is not big,” head surgeon at Berlin's Marzahn district hospital Andreas Eisenschenk said on Tuesday, adding that though the bite wound is flush, there is a high risk of infection. “With chimpanzees there are some germs in play that we can’t control,” he said. As 55-year-old Blaszkiewitz was giving a tour through the zoo on Monday, he stopped at Pedro...
  • Conn. chimp that mauled woman had Xanax in system

    05/13/2009 3:21:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 34 replies · 3,035+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 5/13/09 | staff
    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut prosecutor says test results show a chimpanzee that mauled a woman had the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in its system. Stamford State's Attorney David Cohen said Wednesday that it's unclear if the drug played a role in the attack. The 200-pound chimp, named Travis, attacked Stamford resident Charla Nash on Feb. 16. Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the attack. Doctors at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic say she is blind and faces two years of surgical procedures.
  • For chimps, candy is dandy but steak is quicker

    04/08/2009 8:01:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 767+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/07/09
    For chimps, candy is dandy but steak is quicker Tue Apr 7, 2009 8:06pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Human females may get offended at dates who expect a little something extra after they buy a steak dinner, but for chimpanzees, the exchange may be a fair one, German researchers reported on Tuesday. They found that female chimpanzees mate more frequently with males who often share meat with them. "Our results strongly suggest that wild chimpanzees exchange meat for sex, and do so on a long-term basis," Cristina Gomes of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany said...
  • Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex

    04/07/2009 7:04:07 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 31 replies · 773+ views ^ | Tuesday, 7 April 2009 | Victoria Gill
    Chimpanzees enter into "deals" whereby they exchange meat for sex, according to researchers. Male chimps that are willing to share the proceeds of their hunting expeditions mate twice as often as their more selfish counterparts.
  • VIDEO: Monkeys 'teach infants to floss'

    03/14/2009 11:58:53 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 727+ views ^ | 12 March 2009
    Making sure your offspring know how to clean their teeth appears to be as important to monkeys as to humans. Female monkeys in Thailand have been observed showing their young how to floss their teeth - using human hair. Researchers from Japan said they watched seven long-tailed macaques cleaning the spaces between their teeth in the same manner as humans. They spent double the amount of time flossing when they were being watched by their infants, the team said. This suggests the mothers were deliberately teaching their young how to floss, Professor Nobuo Masataka of Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute...
  • Zoo chimp 'planned' stone attacks

    03/10/2009 12:46:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies · 3,106+ views ^ | 9 March 2009
    A male chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks on zoo visitors, according to researchers. Keepers at Furuvik Zoo found that the chimp collected and stored stones that he would later use as missiles. Further, the chimp learned to recognise how and when parts of his concrete enclosure could be pulled apart to fashion further projectiles. The findings are reported in the journal Current Biology. There has been scant evidence in previous research that animals can plan for future events.
  • My wife's a primate, and so are you

    02/26/2009 1:27:47 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 42 replies · 1,137+ views ^ | February 26, 2009 | Paul Mulshine
    This whole controversy over the tragic incident involving Travis the chimpanzee has restored my faith in my fellow Americans. My faith that they're really dumb, I mean. Democrat or Republican, rural or urban, Americans are ignorant of the most basic facts of their own existence.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shows its true colors

    02/26/2009 7:17:19 AM PST · by slomark · 11 replies · 434+ views
    The NAACP has called for a boycott of the New York Post. In other words, they’ve endorsed censorship. In a truly bizarre distortion of reality, the organization called the Post’s infamous chimpanzee cartoon “an invitation to assassinate” President Obama. Benjamin Todd Jealous, the aptly-named president of the NAACP, called for...
  • Rev. Sharpton and company won't forgive 'toon flap

    02/25/2009 8:34:47 AM PST · by lakeprincess · 40 replies · 1,903+ views
    A third apology may not be enough. Chimpgate continues, though Rupert Murdoch himself has offered a mea culpa..
  • Fast action on the Hill (Congress banning chimps as pets)

    02/24/2009 1:48:47 PM PST · by Crazieman · 45 replies · 1,077+ views
    The Politico ^ | 2/23/09 | Ben Smith
    Forget the stimulus -- this one moved really fast. From the Humane Society: U.S. House of Representatives Passes Captive Primate Safety Act WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2009) — Eight days after a chimpanzee kept as a pet attacked and critically injured a Connecticut woman, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Captive Primate Safety Act, H.R. 80, introduced by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., to stop interstate commerce in primates as pets. The bill passed by a vote of 323 to 95. The bill now moves for consideration to the U.S. Senate, where the effort to pass...
  • Chimpgate continues to rile

    02/21/2009 2:19:14 PM PST · by lakeprincess · 39 replies · 1,469+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/21/09 | Jennifer Harper
    It's not over yet. Public interpretation of gunned down chimp cartoon goes into phase 2, Rev. Sharpton included.
  • Chimp Victim Has 'Long Way to Go' After 7-Hour Surgery

    02/19/2009 8:32:11 AM PST · by metmom · 68 replies · 2,909+ views ^ | Thursday, February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
    STAMFORD, Connecticut — Doctors say a Connecticut woman mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee is making slight progress after more than seven hours of surgery by four teams of surgeons. Dr. Kevin Miller of Stamford Hospital says 55-year-old Charla Nash suffered extensive facial and hand injuries when she was attacked Monday. He says stabilizing her condition took more than seven hours of surgery.
  • Murderous monkey ends up on top of beheaded woman

    02/19/2009 7:14:01 AM PST · by slomark · 27 replies · 1,299+ views
    (Must see images of Google News search)( Exclusive) We’re professional cynics at We’re trained to expect the worst from the media. With that in mind, it seemed to us that the media had paid far more attention to the trivial story of Connecticut’s murderous monkey than the lightning rod story of Buffalo’s beheaded Muslim wife. Is it possible, we wondered, that the media would intentionally ignore the kind of shocking crime story they normally love, simply because focusing on a murderous Muslim is politically incorrect in the land of liberal news? So we performed a simple experiment. We searched...
  • Chimpanzee Attack Revives Calls for Federal Primate Law

    02/18/2009 7:49:11 PM PST · by metmom · 44 replies · 1,256+ views ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    A bill pending in Congress that would ban selling primates as pets must be passed to rectify a patchwork of state and local laws that leave many people at risk of being attacked by exotic animals like chimpanzees, animal experts and lawmakers told Police shot and killed a 200-pound chimpanzee in Connecticut Monday after it attacked a 55-year-old woman, leaving her in critical condition with major, "life-altering" injuries to her face and hands.
  • Mystery surrounds Cheeta, purportedly the world's oldest chimpanzee

    02/18/2009 2:04:50 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 1,989+ views
    latimesblogs ^ | February 14, 2009
    Could Cheeta the chimp, the famous performing primate who's said to have starred alongside Johnny Weissmuller in the Tarzan films and Rex Harrison in Dr. Doolittle, be an impostor?It's a story whose plot resembles a 1930s screwball comedy, but author R.D. Rosen says it's true: Cheeta the chimp, said to be the oldest nonhuman primate in the world at 76, is not who he claims to be. (Or rather, he's not who his deceased trainer, Tony Gentry, claimed he was.) In 2007, Rosen set out to write a book about Cheeta: his abduction from the wilds of his native Liberia;...
  • Is this cartoon racist?

    02/18/2009 12:46:48 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 84 replies · 2,920+ views
    Riddle me this: the New York Post, a famously combative, conservative newspaper owned by Fox News proprietor Rupert Murdoch, runs a cartoon implying that a crazed chimpanzee wrote the recent economic stimulus bill, which was actually championed and developed by our nation's first black president.Longtime civil rights activist Al Sharpton thinks it might be. New York Gov. David Paterson, who is that state's first black chief executive, has said "an explanation is in order."
  • Chilling 911 Tape of Chimpanzee Attack - Audio 2/17/09

    02/18/2009 6:14:36 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 42 replies · 2,233+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 18, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is the chilling 911 audio of the call made by a woman whose chimpanzee attacked her friend and brutally disfigured her. The woman is in critical condition. The tape has the hysterical owner asking for help in shooting her chimp to keep him from attacking her too. The owner said she had tried stabbing the chimp but that it had only made it worse. The attack occurred in Connecticut. Absolutely horrific. . . . . (Listen to 911 Tape)
  • Celebrity Chimp Gets Loose, Attacks Woman

    02/16/2009 11:31:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 1,933+ views
    A pet chimpanzee - who had appeared in TV commercials and shows - got loose at a home at 241 Rock Rimmon Road in Stamford, Connecticut Monday afternoon, according to Stamford police. And it was not his first time. His owner, Sandra Herold, 70, had called a friend over to help since "Travis" was misbehaving. He had taken the keys to the car. The chimp was also trying to open car doors, which he apparently did to indicate he wanted to go for a ride. Herold was able to coax Travis back to the house and she gave him some...
  • Police: Pet chimpanzee, Travis, attacks woman in Stamford

    02/16/2009 4:34:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,594+ views
    nydailynews ^ | February 16th 2009 | Helen Kennedy
    Escaped chimpanzee Travis is coaxed into a waiting sport utility vehicle in downtown Stamford, Conn. in 2003. A tame chimp was shot and killed by Stamford cops Monday after the ape badly mauled a friend of its owner. Witnesses said Travis, a normally docile 200-pound chimp, attacked a woman, forcing his owner to go after him with a butcher's knife.When cops drove up, the chimp tore off the cruiser's side mirror and tried to open the door.Police then shot and killed him, WABC-TV reported. The victim was said to be in critical condition. Travis, a 16-year-old who liked to drink...