The world's newest monkey species was found in a lab, not on an expedition

How scientists discovered the 'Popa langur' was a separate species of just 200 monkeys.

Tracie McKinney, Senior Lecturer in Human Biology, University of South Wales • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Primates are facing an impending extinction crisis - but we know very little about what will actually protect them

Without adequate information, we can’t prioritise efforts and funding to best protect our primate relatives.

Jo Setchell, Professor of Anthropology, Durham University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Humans aren't inherently selfish – we're actually hardwired to work together

The 'good' side of our nature is much more deep-rooted than the 'evil' side.

Steve Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Beckett University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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Lockdown challenges – what evolution tells us about our need for personal space

Freedom of movement for survival.

Isabelle Catherine Winder, Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

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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

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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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Coronavirus: experts in evolution explain why social distancing feels so unnatural

The evolution of the strong human bond.

Vivien Shaw, Lecturer in Anatomy, Bangor University • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

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