Gorillas have surprisingly active social lives

Observing gorillas interacting with each other shows that they have more dynamic social bonds with their neighbors than researchers once thought.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: endangered-species gorillas science-and-technology social-lives earth-and-environment apes

Gorillas have surprisingly active social lives

Observing gorillas interacting with each other shows that they have more dynamic social bonds with their neighbors than researchers once thought.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: endangered-species gorillas science-and-technology social-lives earth-and-environment apes

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

Tags: conservation chimpanzees gut-bacteria endangered-species earth-and-environment apes

COVID-19 threatens endangered great apes, too

Endangered apes also face the threat of COVID-19. And they'll need our help to stay safe and avoid extinction, experts warn.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation covid-19 viruses endangered-species earth-and-environment health-and-medicine apes

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

Tags: teenagers parents mothers primates chimpanzees families science-and-technology apes

Orangutan is 2-million-year-old extinct ape’s closest relative

Researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary relationship between a 2 million year old extinct primate and today's living orangutan.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 14, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dna evolution teeth proteins science-and-technology apes

Our spit reflects cooking, farming, and not licking each other

Our cooked, meaty diets and lack of fur appear to have made human saliva quite different from that of close relatives like gorillas.

Marcene Robinson-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: evolution food primates featured science-and-technology apes mouth saliva

Different factors rearranged our brains and braincases

"The brain followed its own evolutionary path of neural innovation while freely floating in the braincase."

U. Zurich • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: evolution brains science-and-technology skulls apes

Tooth fossil comes from tiniest ape ever

A tooth from a 12.5 million-year-old site in Kenya once belonged to the smallest species of ape ever known—weighing in at just under 8 pounds.

Amelia Camurati-Stony Brook • futurity
Nov. 9, 2018 ~2 min

Tags: teeth fossils science-and-technology apes

Orangutan is 2-million-year-old extinct ape’s closest relative

Researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary relationship between a 2 million year old extinct primate and today's living orangutan.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 30, 2001 ~5 min

Tags: dna evolution teeth science-and-technology apes

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