Older male monkeys father fewer babies

Older male monkeys sire fewer offspring, a new study shows. The finding could have implications for human infertility, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: reproduction fertility aging monkeys health-and-medicine mating

Humans and monkeys think more alike than we knew

Both monkeys and humans have a way of thinking that involves recursion, a process of arranging words, phrases, or symbols to convey complex ideas.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution language cognition monkeys featured science-and-technology

What primates can teach us about managing arguments during lockdown

Primates have evolved behavioural strategies that can minimise the risk and costs of conflict.

Nicola F. Koyama, Senior Lecturer in Biological & Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conflict  primates  aggression  monkeys  non-human-primates  post-conflict  arguments

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Professor of Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity

Monkey focus may clarify multitasking

How long can monkeys split their focus? A new study puts them to the test to examine how brains handle multitasking.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: attention visual-perception brains monkeys science-and-technology

Monkey teeth fossils hint several extinct species crossed the Atlantic

New research suggests African monkeys crossed the ocean to South America earlier than previously thought.

Isabelle Catherine Winder, Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  evolution  primates  palaeontology  monkeys  non-human-primates  palaeobiology

Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  evolution  covid-19  mice  colonies  animals  social-distancing  isolation  coronavirus-2020  altruism  bats  animal-behavior  ants  contagion  monkeys

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