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  • Church of Cheetah? Newspaper Suggests Chimp Religious Worship

    03/04/2016 7:58:11 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 4, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Church of Cheetah Missouri Synod? Perhaps not as ridiculous as it sounds according to the U.K. Independent. That newspaper suggests that chimpanzees tossing rocks at trees could be a primitive form of religous practice. They provide a video of this "ritual" but to your humble correspondent, it looks like nothing more than a bunch of dumb monkeys idly tossing rocks around. However, the idea of chimp worship is no more ridiculous than the Independent aping a lot of other news outlets last December when they published a story about how 2016 will be the HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD. So rather than be branded...
  • 11.9 Million-Year-Old Fossil of Pierolapithecus Analyzed by Researchers

    05/05/2013 12:53:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies ^ | 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,...
  • Bill Nye on Homosexual Behavior in an Evolutionary World View

    07/24/2015 6:32:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Answers in Genesis ^ | 07/24/2015 | Ken Ham
    With the recent SCOTUS decision, homosexuality is a hotter topic than ever before. It seems that everyone is talking about it right now. Well, in a recent Big Think video, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” was asked about homosexual behavior in an evolutionary worldview: “If the purpose of a species is to reproduce and survive how would it make sense evolutionarily for humans to have same-sex preferences? Are humans the only ones who practice homosexuality? And if this is so, does this mean that homosexuality is the product of humans personal whim as opposed to instinct?”Bill Nye basically answered this...
  • Oldest hominid discovered is 7 million years old: study

    02/28/2008 4:21:27 AM PST · by Renfield · 33 replies · 737+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-27-08
    CHICAGO (AFP) - French fossil hunters have pinned down the age of Toumai, which they contend is the remains of the earliest human ever found, at between 6.8 and 7.2 million years old. The fossil was discovered in the Chadian desert in 2001 and an intense debate ensued over whether the nearly complete cranium, pieces of jawbone and teeth belonged to one of our earliest ancestors. Critics said that Toumai's cranium was too squashed to be that of a hominid -- it did not have the brain capacity that gives humans primacy -- and its small size indicated a creature...
  • I wanna be like you: Kanzi, the ape who HAS learned the secret of man's red fire...(title truncated)

    12/24/2012 8:40:38 PM PST · by fattigermaster · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | Davy 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 tools, none...
  • Scientists map genome of the bonobo, a key human ancestor

    06/13/2012 7:28:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 14 June 2012 | Eryn Brown
    Researchers have assembled the complete genome of the bonobo, an African ape that is one of humans' closest relatives. The achievement, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, marks a milestone. Adding the bonobo genome to the already-sequenced human, chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan genomes gives scientists a complete catalog of the DNA of all of the so-called great apes. That should help researchers better understand how humans evolved, scientists said. "There's a common ancestor that we and these apes were derived from. We want to know what that ancestor looked like," said Wes Warren, a geneticist at Washington University in St....
  • ...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...
  • Hippy apes caught cannibalising their young

    02/01/2010 7:09:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 650+ views ^ | Feb. 1, 2010 | Ewen Callaway
    So much for the "hippy chimp". Bonobos, known for their peaceable ways and casual sex, have been caught in the act of cannibalism. An account of a group of wild bonobos consuming a dead infant, published last month, is the first report of cannibalism in these animals – making the species the last of the great apes to reveal a taste for the flesh of their own kind. The account comes from a group of primatologists led by Gottfried Hohmann of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The team has studied bonobos in the wild at...
  • Bipedal Humans Came Down From The Trees, Not Up From The Ground

    08/28/2009 4:01:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 981+ views
    A detailed examination of the wrist bones of several primate species challenges the notion that humans evolved their two-legged upright walking style from a knuckle-walking ancestor. The same lines of evidence also suggest that knuckle-walking evolved at least two different times, making gorillas distinct from chimpanzees and bonobos. "We have the most robust data I've ever seen on this topic," said Daniel Schmitt, a Duke University associate professor of evolutionary anthropology. "This model should cause everyone to re-evaluate what they've said before." A report on the findings will appear online during the week of Aug. 10 in the research journal...
  • "Loving" Bonobos Seen Killing, Eating Other Primates

    10/18/2008 4:28:19 AM PDT · by Nicholas Conradin · 23 replies · 966+ views
    National Geographic ^ | October 13, 2008 | Matt Kaplan
    A type of chimpanzee known to use sex for greetings, reconciliations, and favors may not be all about peace, love, and understanding after all. A new study reveals that some bonobos—one of humankind's closest genetic relatives—hunt and eat other primates. Groups of the endangered chimpanzee subspecies were observed stalking, chasing, and killing monkeys they later consumed. /* snip */ "The second I read this, I thought: Oh good, finally!" said primatologist Elizabeth Lonsdorf of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. "Bonobos being so peaceful never sat well with me," said Lonsdorf, who was not involved with the study. "We see...
  • "Loving" Bonobos Seen Killing, Eating Other Primates

    10/15/2008 10:53:13 AM PDT · by BGHater · 56 replies · 1,014+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 13 Oct 2008 | Matt Kaplan
    A type of chimpanzee known to use sex for greetings, reconciliations, and favors may not be all about peace, love, and understanding after all. A new study reveals that some bonobos—one of humankind's closest genetic relatives—hunt and eat other primates. Groups of the endangered chimpanzee subspecies were observed stalking, chasing, and killing monkeys they later consumed. Scientists have long known from stool samples that some bonobos eat rodents and small antelopes in their natural forest habitats in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but many researchers thought this was the extent of their hunting activities. Gottfried Hohmann and Martin Surbeck,...
  • 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...
  • 'Hippie Chimps' Fast Disappearing in Congo

    03/06/2006 11:08:49 AM PST · by E Rocc · 35 replies · 931+ views
    Yahoo ^ | March 3, 2006 | Anjan Sundaram
    MBIHE-MOKELE, Congo - Even as Congolese villagers devise novel ways to snare the fast-disappearing bonobo, scientists are racing to save the gentle "hippie chimp" from extinction. The bonobo, or pan paniscus, is closely related to man and known for resolving squabbles through sex rather than violence. It's also prized by some Congolese for its tasty meat. The wiry, wizened-faced chimps are being killed in treetop nests in Congo's vast rain forest, their only natural habitat in the world, by villagers who do not seem to know how fast their prey is disappearing. "Bonobos are an icon for peace and love,...
  • 'Pacifist' chimps face extinction within a generation ("jungle hippies" make love not war)

    09/08/2005 7:32:50 AM PDT · by Mark Felton · 37 replies · 1,163+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/7/05 | telegraph
    Pygmy chimpanzees known as "jungle hippies" for resolving conflict through sex rather than fighting are hurtling towards extinction faster than any other primate, experts said yesterday. Bonobos, gentle creatures found only in the remote war-torn forests of Congo, live in strictly matriarchal families and neither kill nor fight over territory. Bonobos chimpanzee is a close relative of man They also pair off for sex at the slightest hint of danger, stress or friction, earning them their hippy nicknames for "making love not war". They are among man's closest relatives and face the prospect of being the first great ape to...
  • Congo's "hippies of the forest" apes dying out fast

    09/07/2005 10:34:54 AM PDT · by propertius · 37 replies · 1,009+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 6th, 2005 | David Lewis
    Congo's "hippies of the forest" apes dying out fast By David Lewis KINSHASA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Pygmy chimpanzees dubbed "hippies of the forest" for resolving conflicts through sex rather than violence are dying out faster than ever in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo, a conservationist said on Tuesday. Bonobos, the rarest of all the great apes, are being killed in large numbers by bands of gunmen two years after the vast central African country's most recent war officially ended. "In 1980, there were about 100,000 bonobos in Congo. In 1990 there were thought to be 10,000," Claudine Andre, founder...
  • Why don't we just kiss and make up?

    05/05/2005 3:31:35 PM PDT · by missyme · 18 replies · 699+ views
    New Scientist ^ | May 5th, 2005
    LOOK at the world's worst trouble spots and you can't fail to notice they have one thing in common: tit-for-tat attacks between warring parties. Escalation of violence is incredibly destructive, yet we humans find it very difficult to break the vicious cycle. It seems we are not good at conflict resolution. Perhaps we could learn a lesson or two from the spotted hyena. Spotted hyenas are highly sociable. Like other animals that live in close-knit groups, they don't always get along. But spotted hyenas don't hold a grudge. Within about 5 minutes of a fight, the erstwhile combatants can often...
  • Congo's mystery killer could be a new type of ape

    10/07/2004 1:15:07 AM PDT · by aculeus · 77 replies · 3,841+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | October 7, 2004 | By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent
    An elusive new species of great ape, known to locals as the "lion killer", may have been discovered in remote forests of the Congo. The creatures are far larger and more aggressive than normal chimpanzees and have provoked much debate among experts. Some believe that the lion killers are a previously unknown species and should join the other great apes: the chimp, bonobo, gorilla and orang utan. But others say they are unusually aggressive chimps with odd gorilla-like characteristics. Legends of lost apes of the Congo basin go back more than a century and inspired the 1980 novel Congo by...
  • Judge: 'Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable'

    07/31/2015 5:38:43 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 10 replies ^ | 7/31/15 | Steve Berman
    I am not making this up.  A New York judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Nonhuman Rights Project to grant personhood to two chimpanzees, named Hercules and Leo. This isn't the first attempt to grant "human" status to chimps: last year a judge threw out a similar request for a chimp named Tommy.  But the worst part isn't the fact that self-hating humans keep trying to elevate soulless primates and give them equal status with lawyers--it's the judge's reaction.  State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe wrote this: "Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable; some day they may even...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Activist challenges judges to redefine chimpanzees’ legal status

    04/15/2014 8:33:52 AM PDT · by fishtank · 26 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 4-15-14 | Warren Nunn
    Activist challenges judges to redefine chimpanzees’ legal status: Animal rights lawyer Steven Wise courts controversy by Warren Nunn Published: 15 April 2014 (GMT+10) If Steven Wise has his way, chimps will have quasi-human rights. Lawsuits on behalf of captive chimpanzees in America could be a turning point in how the judiciary adjudicates on animal rights. A group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits on behalf of the chimps claiming they were ‘nonhuman animals’ that had a right to live free from confinement and not be regarded as property but as ‘legal persons’.1 The organisation’s website summarized the move:...
  • (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...
  • Panic at German zoo as five chimpanzees create makeshift ladder out of branches/jump out of pen

    07/12/2012 3:29:55 PM PDT · by rawhide · 38 replies ^ | 6-12-12 | Allan Hall
    A great ape escape caused panic in Germany when five clever chimpanzees broke out of their zoo compound, using a ladder they had fashioned together out of tree branches. After scaling the wall on Wednesday, the primates were able to walk among the 2,500 visitors to Hanover's Experience Zoo. While the chimps were content to taste life on the other side of the fence, a five year old girl and an an elderly man were hurt in the panic as staff hurriedly evacuated the park. Four of the five chimps - seven in total live in the enclosure - tasted...
  • (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...
  • Calif. GOP official emails Obama ape 'joke,' says it's not racist

    04/18/2011 5:27:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2011 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES — A Southern California Republican Party official was under fire yesterday after allegations she sent an email that included an altered photo depicting President Barack Obama as an ape.</p> <p>An email reportedly sent by party central committee member Marilyn Davenport shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face artificially superimposed on the child. Text beneath the photo reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."</p>
  • 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...
  • Chimps Beat College Kids In Computer Game

    06/24/2010 11:01:35 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | Dec. 3, 2007
    This photo from the Primate Research Institute in Kyoto, Japan, shows a chimpanzee named Ayumu performing a memory test with nine numerals placed in various positions on a touch sensitive monitor. His performance (tapping the numbers in order) bested that of college-age adults. (AP) Never mind that TV show that asks if you're smarter than a fifth-grader. Is your memory better than a young chimp's? Maybe not. Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in two tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won. That challenges the belief of many people, including many scientists, that "humans are...
  • 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...
  • Wild chimpanzees get AIDS-like illness - Finding challenges long-held assumption.

    07/22/2009 8:22:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,092+ views
    Nature News ^ | 22 July 2009 | Erika Check Hayden
    Some chimps in Gombe National Park have been succumbing to an AIDS-like disease.Michael L. Wilson Researchers have overturned a decade-old consensus that chimpanzees cannot fall ill as a result of infection with a virus similar to HIV.Previously, scientists had thought that chimpanzees were like other non-human primates that can become infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) — which is closely related to HIV — but do not go on to be seriously sickened by the virus.The results suggest that it will not be possible to find the key to HIV immunity in the chimpanzee genome, as scientists had hoped. However,...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Are Wild Chimpanzees Dying from AIDS?

    02/15/2009 9:09:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 934+ views
    Science</em>NOW Daily News ^ | 10 February 2009 | Jon Cohen
    Enlarge ImageRelative similarities. Gombe chimps infected by SIVcpz have a remarkably high death rate and evidence of AIDS-like immune damage.Credit: Michael Wilson MONTREAL, CANADA--Researchers have long assumed that SIVcpz, the chimpanzee virus that infected humans and triggered the AIDS epidemic, caused no harm to the apes. But new data presented here today at the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections reveal that wild chimps infected with SIVcpz are more likely to die than uninfected chimps. The animals also show AIDS-like damage to their immune systems. The finding raises the possibility that chimps, too, are suffering from an AIDS...
  • 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...
  • Sign-language chimp dies

    11/05/2007 7:12:03 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies · 32+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/05/2007 | AP
    SPOKANE, Washington (AP) -- Washoe, a female chimpanzee said to be the first non-human to acquire human language, has died of natural causes at the research institute where she was kept. Washoe, who first learned a bit of American Sign Language in a research project in Nevada, had been living on Central Washington University's Ellensburg campus since 1980. Her keepers said she had a vocabulary of about 250 words, although critics contended Washoe and some other primates learned to imitate sign language, but did not develop true language skills. She died Tuesday night, according to Roger and Deborah Fouts, co-founders...
  • Chimpanzees Are Actually Three Distinct Groups, Gene Study Shows

    04/22/2007 4:27:21 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 896+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-22-2007 | University Of Chicago
    Source: University of Chicago Medical Center Date: April 22, 2007 Chimpanzees Are Actually Three Distinct Groups, Gene Study Shows Science Daily — The largest study to date of genetic variation among chimpanzees has found that the traditional, geography-based sorting of chimps into three populations--western, central and eastern--is underpinned by significant genetic differences, two to three times greater than the variation between the most different human populations. In the April 2007 issue of the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers from the University of Chicago, Harvard, the Broad Institute and Arizona State show that there has been very little detectable admixture between the...
  • 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...
  • The Attacks Of The Killer Chimpanzees (What's Come Over Tarzan's Little Buddies?)

    05/02/2006 10:48:15 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 29 replies · 1,072+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 1, 2006 | JESSE LEAVENWORTH
    Chimpanzees are supposed to be the "good" apes, cute and funny, the hairy little people depicted in thousands of films and TV shows. But recent news out of western Africa shows they can be brutally fierce. A chimp attacked and killed a Sierra Leone man who was driving Americans to a wildlife refuge Sunday. Another man lost part of his hand in the attack. Some news reports said a group of up to 20 chimps that had broken out of their enclosures gang-attacked the men, while other stories have pinned responsibility on one animal, possibly a chimp named Bruno, the...
  • Pamela Anderson Says Chimpanzees Should Not Live Like Her

    04/28/2006 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 69 replies · 1,786+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 4/28/2006 | Pamela Anderson
    No Way to Treat a Relative Chimps shouldn't be forced to live like me. BY PAMELA ANDERSON Friday, April 28, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT King Kong is my hero. He's big, muscular, sensitive, a terrific actor--and he's not real. The use of computer-generated imagery has really taken off in Hollywood. So why has Madison Avenue suddenly gone bananas for real apes? Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, with at least 95% of the same DNA. We're closer to them than they are to gorillas, so when I see chimpanzees being used as on-screen comedians, dressed up in silly costumes to...
  • Police hunt Leone 'killer chimps'

    04/24/2006 9:58:25 AM PDT · by null and void · 25 replies · 1,286+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 24 April 2006 | Staff
    Bruno, the alpha male, is said to be large, powerful and wary of visitors Police in Sierra Leone are on the hunt for a group of chimpanzees, who escaped from their wildlife sanctuary after a fatal attack on construction workers. Armed reinforcements are combing the area after a Sierra Leonean died and two Americans were seriously injured. Security personnel said four men were attacked on Sunday after entering the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Angry chimps killed and mutilated the driver. The two Americans are in a hospital in the capital, Freetown. A worker at Tacugama told the BBC that some...
  • 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...
  • Woman attacked by chimp speaks of the attack

    03/06/2005 1:50:47 AM PST · by ambrose · 196 replies · 13,738+ views
    KGET ^ | 3..05.05
    Woman attacked by chimp speaks of the attack updated 03/05/05 BAKERSFIELD - A West Covina man critically attacked by a chimpanzee on earlier in the week continues to struggle for his life at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The attacked happened on Thursday morning at the Animal Haven Ranch near Havilah. On Saturday, his wife LaDonna Davis, who was also attacked, spoke to NBC’s Today Show about the trauma that changed her and her husband's lives forever. Davis and her husband St. James Davis were having a birthday party for their longtime pet chimpanzee Moe. When they were suddenly attacked...
  • Chimps Escape, Attack Sanctuary Workers

    03/03/2005 3:41:37 PM PST · by keat · 65 replies · 5,177+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2005, 4:43 PM EST
    CALIENTE, Calif. -- Several chimpanzees escaped from their cages at an animal sanctuary and attacked workers, injuring two, authorities said. At least one chimp was shot to death. One of the employees was badly injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital after the attack at the Animal Haven Ranch, about 20 miles from Bakersfield, said Cheryl Longwith, a sheriff's spokeswoman. The other employee's condition was not disclosed. Animal Haven employees shot and killed at least one of the escaped chimpanzees, Longwith said. Longwith said she did not know how the chimpanzees had escaped their cages or whether any...
  • Monkeys make a meal of human babies

    01/06/2004 8:33:50 AM PST · by Kennesaw · 55 replies · 5,818+ views
    The Australian ^ | 01/01/05 | The Times
    Monkeys make a meal of human babies From The Times January 01, 2004 Chimpanzees struggling to survive amid the destruction of their forest habitat are snatching and killing human babies. At least eight children have died in the past seven years in Uganda and Tanzania after being taken by chimpanzees and a further eight have been injured. The children were found with limbs and other body parts chewed off. Primate experts blame deforestation and human encroachment on the chimpanzees' habitat for the aggressive behaviour, but are divided on whether the animals are defending their territory or seeking a replacement food...
  • Mutated monkey viruses gave us Aids - study

    06/21/2003 7:53:45 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 18 replies · 328+ views
    Mutated monkey viruses gave us Aids - study By Steve Connor London - Scientists have pinpointed the origin of Aids. A new study claims to prove that HIV came about when two monkey viruses joined together in chimpanzees. Scientists have found that chimpanzees became infected with two simian immuno-deficiency viruses (SIVs) that had "viral sex" to form a third virus capable of infecting humans. The findings follow 10 years of research into the origin and evolution of Aids by Paul Sharp of Nottingham University and Beatrice Hahn of the University of Alabama. One implication of the research - published...
  • Scientists Unravel Roots of AIDS-like Virus in Chimpanzees

    06/15/2003 12:54:04 PM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 218+ views
    Scientific American ^ | June 13, 2003 | Sarah Graham
    Researchers investigating the origins of the AIDS virus have traced it to a similar virus--simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)--that jumped from chimpanzees to humans. But how chimpanzees first acquired SIV remains unclear. New findings published today in the journal Science indicate that HIV's predecessor arose as a combination of two monkey viruses about a million years ago. Paul Sharp of the University of Nottingham and his colleagues studied the evolutionary history of a variety of SIV strains. The researchers found that the family trees of the chimpanzee virus (SIVcpz) constructed using different parts of its genome varied significantly, suggesting it arose...
  • The Wife Beaters of Kibale (chimpanzees)

    08/14/2002 3:05:52 PM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 10 replies · 488+ views
    Time ^ | August 11, 2002 | Eugene Linden
    You reach Harvard University's biological anthropology department by climbing five flights of fusty wooden stairs in the Peabody Museum in Cambridge, Mass. It's an old building, haunted by the remnants of long lost tribes and the ghosts of an era when anthropologists thought nothing of collecting the paraphernalia of ancestor worship, not to mention the bones of the ancestors themselves. But it's not bones that have brought me to the Peabody today. I've made the climb to meet Carole Hooven, a young graduate student in biological anthropology, and Richard Wrangham, one of the world's leading experts on chimpanzee behavior. They...