To save wild chimpanzees, imagine their habitat is an electrical circuit

To understand the barriers endangered species face when trying to traverse their habitat, it helps to think of their environment like an electrical circuit board.

Fiona Stewart, Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Chimps focus on positive relationships in old age

Just like people, chimpanzees seek out and value companionship in increasingly positive ways as they grow older, a new study shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~4 min

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Aging chimps show social selectivity

Understanding why older chimps tend to favor small circles of meaningful, established friendships rather than seek new ones may help scientists gain a better picture of what healthy human aging should look like and what triggers this social change.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Does mating explain variation in great ape Y chromosomes?

New research indicates rapid evolution in some great ape Y chromosomes, but not others. The scientists wonder if mating habits are why.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~9 min

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Chimpanzees once helped African rainforests recover from a major collapse

But with chimps now endangered, we risk losing their forest-rebuilding abilities.

Alex Chepstow-Lusty, Associate Researcher, Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Chimp lip smacks hint at human speech evolution

While grooming each other, chimpanzees move their mouths at a rate similar to human speech. It's another clue in the mystery of speech's evolution.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~5 min

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Coronavirus: Fears for future of endangered chimps in Nigeria

Devastated by hunting and logging, the chimps now face threats from coronavirus, says conservationist.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
April 29, 2020 ~3 min

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Captive apes’ gut microbiomes are a lot like some people’s

The gut microbiomes of apes living in captivity resemble those of some people more than they resemble apes living in the wild.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

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How zoos must change to keep great apes safe from coronavirus

People can still learn a great deal about these mammals while keeping a safe distance.

Lesley Elizabeth Craig, PhD Researcher, University of Stirling • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Young male chimps still need their moms

Young male chimpanzees who have their mothers around are more likely to survive later in life, research finds. The same isn't true for chimp daughters.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Feb. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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