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  • N.Y. Judge Grants Legal (Human) Rights To 2 Research Chimps

    04/21/2015 2:03:56 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | 04/21/2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    A New York judge has granted two research chimps the writ of habeas corpus — a move that allows them to challenge their detention.The decision, says Science magazine, effectively recognizes chimps as legal persons, marking the first time in U.S. history that an animal has been given that right.The order, dated April 20, requires Stony Brook University to appear in court and provide a legally sufficient reason for keeping the two chimps, Hercules and Leo. A hearing is scheduled for May 6.The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), the group that filed the case on behalf of the chimps, said in a...
  • Chimps in Senegal found to fashion spears for hunting

    04/15/2015 10:59:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/15/15 | Bob Yirka
    (Phys.org)—Members of a troop of chimpanzees living at a site called Fongoli in southeastern Senegal have been observed by scientists fashioning tree branches into spears and using them to hunt and kill bushbabies. The researchers, a combined team with members from the U.S. the U.K. and Germany have published their observations and findings in Royal Society Open Science. In their seven year study of the chimps living at the site, the researchers spotted chimpanzees breaking off tree branches, tearing off smaller branches and leaves, removing the weak tips and sometimes gnawing on the ends to sharpen them. The spears (which...
  • Caught on Camera: Chimp Swats Down Drone Filming at Zoo

    04/13/2015 8:26:29 PM PDT · by LonePalm · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/13/2015 | Unknown
    Click here for video. King Kong's got nothing on her. A chimp being filmed by a drone for a television show based out of a zoo in the Netherlands decided she wasn't too keen on the invasion of privacy and swatted the drone from the sky, but the finished film was "special" nonetheless, according to the zoo. When a drone hovered over the chimpanzee exhibit at Burger's Zoo, while filming "Burgers' Zoo Natuurlijk" Friday, "the intelligent primates immediately discovered the spying little plane and right away armed themselves with long sticks against this inquisitive electronic intruder," the zoo's website said....
  • 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.
  • Lethal Violence in Chimps Occurs Naturally, Study Suggests

    09/17/2014 8:09:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 17, 2014 | JAMES GORMAN
    Are chimpanzees naturally violent to one another, or has the intrusion of humans into their environment made them aggressive? A study published Wednesday in Nature is setting off a new round of debate on the issue.
  • 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
    Canada.com ^ | 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...
  • US courts asked to recognize chimps as people

    12/04/2013 6:30:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    AFP News ^ | December 4, 2013
    Walking, talking chimpanzees may be TV comedy gold but now three courts in New York are being asked to recognize four chimps as "legal persons" with fundamental rights. The move would allow the animals to be released into sanctuaries where they could live out the reminder of their days in freedom, says the Nonhuman Rights Project behind the initiative. On Monday it petitioned a court in Fulton County Court, New York State, in the name of Tommy, a chimpanzee held captive in a cage at a used trailer lot in nearby Gloversville. "The lawsuits ask the judge to grant the...
  • NIH Will Retire Most Research Chimps, End Many Projects

    07/05/2013 1:13:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 26 June 2013 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Leaving the lab. NIH plans to phase out much of its research on chimpanzees. Credit: Wikimedia As expected, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that the agency plans to retire all but 50 of its 360 research chimpanzees and phase out much of the research that it supports on these animals. NIH Director Francis Collins, who called the decision a milestone, explained that "chimpanzees are our closest relatives" and "they deserve special respect." New scientific advances "have made it possible to replace experiments done in the past on chimps with other strategies, making it now...
  • Vegas chimp caretaker: Wild animals aren't pets (chimps gone wild)

    07/14/2012 6:33:27 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    Associated press ^ | 7-13-12 | KEN RITTER
    On Thursday, after three straight days of stifling 110-degree days, the chimps burst through one door of their outdoor pen, opened a secondary door with two dead bolt latches, and escaped. For 30 minutes they rumbled through yards and climbed into and out of at least one unoccupied vehicle. The male, Buddy, dented fenders and jumped atop a police car before veering toward a gathering crowd of people. A Las Vegas police officer killed him with three shotgun blasts.
  • Metro alerts NW residents to loose chimps [loose in Las Vegas]

    07/12/2012 11:28:38 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    KSVN & MyNews3 ^ | 7/12/2012 | unattributed
    LAS VEGAS (KSVN & MyNews3) -- Metro is reporting two chimpanzees got loose in the area of Rowland Ave., northeast of Ann Road and N. Jones Boulevard. Metro reports that one chimpanzee has been captured and the other is still outstanding. Police are warning all residents in the area to stay inside. Police have closed Ann Road from Jones Boulevard to Bradley Road and animal control officers are in the area searching for the second chimp. Police have not said where the animals are from or where they came from. This is an ongoing story and News 3 will have...
  • (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...
  • Humans and Gorillas Closer Than Thought, Genome Sequence Says

    03/07/2012 1:49:57 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Bloomberg News via SFGate ^ | 3-7-12 | Elizabeth Lopatto
    <p>March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Gorillas have been portrayed as militaristic bullies in the Planet of the Apes movies and as "highly social gentle giants" by researcher Dian Fossey.</p> <p>Now scientists say they're closer genetically to humans than they once thought.</p>
  • ...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...
  • Tarzan co-star Cheetah dies at Palm Harbor sanctuary

    12/27/2011 4:11:38 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 84 replies · 1+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | December 27, 2011 | JOSH POLTILOVE
    Cheetah the chimpanzee, who acted in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, a sanctuary spokeswoman said. Cheetah was roughly 80 years old, loved fingerpainting and football and was soothed by nondenominational Christian music, said Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary's outreach director. He was an outgoing chimp who was exposed to the public his whole life, Cobb said today. "He wasn't a chimp that caused a lot of problems," she said. Cheetah acted in the 1932-34 Tarzan movies, Cobb said. Movies filmed during that timeframe starred Johnny Weissmuller and...
  • Researches find poop-throwing by chimps is a sign of intelligence

    (PhysOrg.com) -- A lot of people who have gone to the zoo have become the targets of feces thrown by apes or monkeys, and left no doubt wondering about the so-called intellectual capacity of a beast that would resort to such foul play. Now however, researchers studying such behavior have come to the conclusion that throwing feces, or any object really, is actually a sign of high ordered behavior.
  • Gene Regulation And The Difference Between Human Beings And Chimpanzees

    10/27/2011 5:49:24 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies
    Scince 2.0 ^ | October 26th 2011 | Gunnar De Winter
    When the DNA sequences of Homo sapiens and Pan troglodytes were sequenced, the difference between the sequences of coding genes was smaller than expected based on the phenotypic differences between both species. If not the coding genes, then what is responsible for these dissimilarities? In the words of the authors of a new study that took a look at this question: Although humans and chimpanzees have accumulated significant differences in a number of phenotypic traits since diverging from a common ancestor about six to eight million years ago, their genomes are more than 98.5% identical at protein-coding loci. Since this...
  • 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...
  • Thought chimpanzees were cuddly? Forget it - they're ruthless killers

    Think of chimpanzees fighting, and it's hard to imagine anything more serious than a few teacups being thrown around at the zoo. But despite their comical popular image, mankind's closest cousins in the animal world are merciless killers with a taste for gang warfare.
  • Putting chimps in their place

    03/31/2010 1:10:39 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 31 replies · 1,052+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 31, 2010 | Kara Spak
    Three-year-old Lisa Marie always wears a diaper, never appears in public off a leash and delights in leaping on her owners' heads. "She's part of our family," said Ed Parzygnat, who lives in the Back of the Yards with his wife, Annette, and their chimpanzee. "It's like having a child." Not everyone agrees. A year after a chimpanzee named Travis mauled a Connecticut woman, tearing off her face, there is a push to further regulate private ownership of chimpanzees, monkeys and other primates. The debate pits chimp lovers who keep them as pets or feature them in animal shows against...
  • Chimps are intelligent enough to appreciate a full pint

    02/23/2010 12:34:38 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 619+ views
    bbc ^ | 23 February 2010
    Chimpanzees are intelligent enough to appreciate how big a pint of liquid is, or the volume of any other measure. That shows they have an ability to gauge the difference between continuous quantities, such as a pint or half pint of non-alcoholic fruit juice. Previously, apes have only been known to differentiate discrete quantities, such as eight sweets over five. That means chimps are more intelligent than we thought, and shows they have a basic grasp of the physics of liquids. Details of the discovery are published in the journal Animal Cognition.
  • Chimps use cleavers and anvils as tools to chop food

    12/27/2009 2:54:42 PM PST · by FromLori · 36 replies · 1,182+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/24/09 | Matt Walker
    For the first time, chimpanzees have been seen using tools to chop up and reduce food into smaller bite-sized portions. Chimps in the Nimba Mountains of Guinea, Africa, use both stone and wooden cleavers, as well as stone anvils, to process Treculia fruits. The apes are not simply cracking into the Treculia to get to otherwise unobtainable food, say researchers. Instead, they are actively chopping up the food into more manageable portions. Observations of the behaviour are published in the journal Primates.
  • 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...
  • White House orders attack on Washington Times (Eligibility AD)

    12/05/2009 7:45:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 112 replies · 3,901+ views
    The Post and Email ^ | Dec. 3, 2009 | John Charlton
    As editor of The Post & Email I can now publicly confirm that our website was hacked 3 times yesterday by an Obama supporter, in conjunction with a simultaneous political attack on the Washington Times Newspaper, in Washington, D.C.. The motive for the attack was identical: The advertorial placed by Commander Charles F. Kerchner, Jr., U.S. Navy, Retired in the Washington Times, entitled ” Obama’s Lack of Eligibility.” The advertorial contained a brief explanation why Barack Hussein Obama was still a British citizen, and why that makes him ineligible for the U.S. Presidency. It featured the classic Asian metaphor of...
  • Japanese experiment: Chimp vs Human Memory test- Guess who wins?

    11/27/2009 12:30:27 PM PST · by bronzey · 7 replies · 644+ views
    This is an older video, by a couple years but it is amazing to watch. The experiment pits Japanese researchers vs chimps in a memory experiment.
  • Chimps Mourn Pal's Passing

    10/28/2009 5:05:01 AM PDT · by charles1252 · 39 replies · 1,453+ views
    The Sun ^ | 10/28/09 | The Sun
    Chimp dies, others mourn. Interesting picture and story.
  • 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...
  • "Maryland Zoo"

    08/24/2009 6:45:06 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 294+ views
    Youtube ^ | August 24, 2009 | MT
    We made the brief music video of chimps, polar bears, zebras, elephants and more at the Baltimore Zoo. We recommend the zoo to anyone visiting Baltimore. Watch video.
  • 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,...
  • Grieving Bubbles 'set to be film star'

    06/29/2009 2:44:34 PM PDT · by ThreeYearLurker · 19 replies · 813+ views
    The Sun ^ | 6/29/09 | VIRGINIA WHEELER
    JACKO'S chimpanzee pal Bubbles is missing his old friend - and could be the subject of a Hollywood movie and book, his owner claims. The 26-year-old is living at a sanctuary where he was taken in 2003 after becoming too aggressive. He is now healthier in mind and body and new owner Bob Dunn claims a mega-bucks deal is "on the table". Bob said: "There's a lot of interest. Bubbles has led an interesting life. There's lots to say." Jacko rescued Bubbles - his "child" - from a Texas cancer research centre in 1985. They were often seen together in...
  • Chimps made honorary citizens of Wash. town

    06/12/2009 7:45:34 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 17 replies · 489+ views
    the Seattle times ^ | June 11,2009
    Cle Elum's City Council took a few minutes for monkey business. Or, more accurately, chimp business. Tuesday night, the council voted to designate seven chimpanzees at a Cle Elum-area sanctuary as honorary citizens of the central Washington town
  • Chimp in zoo sex attack

    05/06/2009 2:52:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 72 replies · 5,613+ views
    thesun.co.uk ^ | May 6, 2009 | HARRY HAYDON
    COPS are investigating a chimp after it tried to RAPE a female zoo keeper. Terrified Valentina Kirilova had to fight off the sex-crazed primate when he grabbed her as she gave him a banana at Rostov Zoo in Russia. Horrified Valentina said of the attack: “I have spent a lot of time around the primates but I’d never imagined that a lonely chimpanzee could see me as a sex object.” The lusty ape, called Otello, broke the horrified keeper’s wrist as he pulled her into his cage and began to attack her. “When I tried to pass a banana to...
  • THE HOUSE MOVES FAST - NIX TO CHIMPS AS PETS

    02/24/2009 3:08:05 PM PST · by andrew roman · 14 replies · 1,013+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 24 February 2009 | Andrew Roman
    No one can tackle the toughest societal quandaries like a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. They don't monkey around ... or chimp around ... or ape around. (I promise, I am not thinking of a black person here).Ladies and Gentlemen, The Captive Primate Safety Act is on its way to becoming law. (Let your cerebral fanfare bellow out across the fruited plane). And while there was no white smoke coming from the Capitol Building chimney to indicate when it was actually passed, a page was said to be seen tossing bananas from the roof.The House of Representatives was clearly not fooling...
  • 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...
  • Ape Gun Control

    07/24/2008 6:49:46 AM PDT · by fings · 2 replies · 92+ views
    Where on this great earth of ours could King Kong’s descendant survive an attack from an army of zoo workers carrying guns and tranquilizing darts? If you said Skull Island you’re right, but you’re also living in a fantasy world. Those living in the real world know the only logical place would be Japan, and sure enough, that’s where this latest ape-human drama played out. (Ichiro the chimp, a 42-year-old resident of Ishikawa Zoo in Japan, managed to escape to the roof in order to cool down during a heatwave. But it took a lot of work from the zoo...
  • 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...
  • Chimps and college students as good at mental math

    12/17/2007 7:04:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 82+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/07 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chimps performed about as well as college students at mental addition, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a finding that suggests non-verbal math skills are not unique to humans. The research from Duke University follows the finding by Japanese researchers earlier this month that young chimpanzees performed better than human adults at a memory game. Prior studies have found non-human primates can match numbers of objects, compare numbers and choose the larger number of two sets of objects. "This is the first study that looked at whether or not they could make explicit decisions that were based...
  • Chimp beats students at computer game

    12/03/2007 10:11:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 188+ views
    Nature News ^ | 3 December 2007 | Ewen Callaway
    Young chimpanzee can recall number placement better than people can. A particularly cunning seven-year-old chimp named Ayumu has bested university students at a game of memory. He and two other young chimps recalled the placement of numbers flashed onto a computer screen faster and more accurately than humans. “It’s a very simple fact: chimpanzees are better than us — at this task,” says Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a primatologist at Kyoto University in Japan who led the study. The work doesn't mean that chimps are 'smarter' than humans, but rather they seem to be better at memorizing a snapshot view of their...
  • Chimps Don't Mind Being Chumps In Raisin Game

    10/05/2007 7:19:43 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 503+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-4-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Chimps don't mind being chumps in raisin game 19:53 04 October 2007 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi Unlike humans, chimpanzees will gladly accept a rotten deal from one another, suggesting they have a very different concept of fairness, a new study shows. Experiments reveal that chimps are more focused on the immediate outcome of a transaction than the overall fairness of the deal. By contrast, people generally place a huge emphasis on equity in deal brokering – so much so that it will cause them to make irrational economic decisions. This is demonstrated, for example, in what's known as the...
  • Court won't declare chimp a person

    09/27/2007 6:40:58 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies · 62+ views
    ass ^ | September 27, 2007 | WILLIAM J. KOLE
    He's now got a human name — Matthew Hiasl Pan — but he's having trouble getting his day in court. Animal rights activists campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a person vowed Thursday to take their challenge to Austria's Supreme Court after a lower court threw out their latest appeal. A provincial judge in the city of Wiener Neustadt dismissed the case earlier this week, ruling that the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories had no legal standing to argue on the chimp's behalf. The association, which worries the shelter caring for the chimp might close, has been...