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One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation: “People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the...
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Chimpanzees have policemen, too: study →
oldowan: Conflict management is crucial for social group cohesion, and while humans may still be working out some of the details, new research shows that some chimpanzees engage in impartial, third-party “policing” activity as well. Conflicts are inevitable wherever there is cohabitation. This is no different with our closest relatives, the chimpanzees. Sound conflict management is crucial...
I don’t believe in evolution any more than I believe in gravity. Evolution is a...– Donald Johanson (via protostellar)
How A 'Theory of Mind' Made Humans Unique
A book review of The Primate Mind: Built to Connect with Other Minds (February 9th issue) discusses the recent research on our primate cousins –apes that are a lot more socially intelligent than scientists once thought. The book, edited by primatologist Frans de Waal and ethologist Pier Francesco Ferrari, is a collection of papers presented at a conference they organized in 2009. Christian Keyser...
Scientists tickle animals to find laughter clues →
bonedust: oldowan: Thought it was just humans that are ticklish? Think again - scientists are studying how animals respond to being tickled in a bid to shed light on how laughter evolved. Tickling a gorilla is not for the faint-hearted. But keeper Phil Ridges is not worried at getting into the enclosure with Emmie at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The gorilla, now 19, was hand-reared,...
Chimp populations show great genetic diversity,... →
oldowan: Chimpanzee populations living in close proximity are substantially more different genetically than humans living on different continents, according to a study published in PLoS Genetics. Research conducted by scientists from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, and the Biomedical Primate Research Centre suggests that genomics can provide a valuable...