Chimpanzees who’ve spent their entire lives in biomedical research facilities go outside and see the sky for the very first time at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana.
Are Chimpanzees Cultural?
The first video from new The Advanced Apes animated YouTube channel!
A gorilla named Kidogo balances on a rope at the zoo in Krefeld, Germany
Picture: EPA/Magnus Neuhaus (via Animal pictures of the week: 4 January 2013 - Telegraph)
This needs to be meme-ified
For bonobos, yawning is contagious, but only between friends.
Yawns spread more easily between family and close friends, and from high-status monkeys to those lower on the totem pole, according to a study published online in the journal PLoS ONE. This pattern of social yawning mimics one found in humans and suggests infectious yawning is a byproduct of empathy, which coordinates emotions in a group.
“It underlines that the mechanism of yawn contagion in the two species is the same,” said study co-author Elisabetta Palagi, a primate researcher at the University of Pisa in Italy. “One of the possible functions of yawn contagion is to synchronize individuals of a social group. In humans, yawn contagion is extremely important but just between people who share strong bonds.”
The anatomy of the face of an Orangutan
From Untersuchungen über die Gesichtsmuskulatur der Primaten (Studies on the facial muscles of Primates)
“look kid, i knew jane goodall… and your no jane goodall.”