Genes, not environment, make some chimps smarter

Just like humans, some chimpanzees are smarter than others, and about half of that variation in intelligence depends on the genes that individuals carry and pass on from one generation to the next, says a study.

Scientists teach monkeys to do math

Researchers have taught three rhesus monkeys to do simple addition using the numbers 1 through 25, a feat which provides the best evidence yet that the primates can perform basic arithmetic.

`Homo` only primate whose tooth size decreased as brain size increased

Andalusian researchers led by the University of Granada, have discovered that members of the human lineage, classed as the genus Homo are the only primates throughout their 2.5-million year history, whose size of teeth has decreased as their brain size increased.

Chemical in plastics can adversely affect developing organs in primates

Researchers have found that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) - a chemical used in a wide variety of consumer products, such as resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, thermal paper store receipts, and dental composites - can cause fetal abnormalities in primates.

`Unusual primate` Ardi`s skull reveals links to human lineage

A new breakthrough has allowed scientists to expand the catalogue of anatomical similarities linking humans, Australopithecus, and Ardipithecus on the tree of life.

Diversity of facial colours among primates linked to sociability

Biologists have found that the primates that are more social have more complex facial patterns.

Hundreds of rare primates seized in Indonesia

Hundreds of slow lorises have been seized on Indonesia`s Java island as animal smugglers were about to send the protected primates to markets to be sold as pets, officials said on Friday.

Music skills evolved 30 million years ago

Music skills evolved at least 30 million years ago in the common ancestor of humans and monkeys, scientists have found.

Brain has specific radar for snakes: Study

Snakes tend to arouse sharp fear in monkeys, apes and humans, and scientists said Thursday they have found specific brain cells that fire off a rapid warning for slithery danger.

Non-human primates caught whispering!

Scientists have found the first example of whispering among non-human primates in a group of tamarin monkeys in captivity in the Central Park Zoo here.

Primates make rational financial decisions: Study

Primates are capable of making rational financial decisions, and just like wealthy humans.

New anti-cocaine vaccine passes key test in primates

A novel anti-cocaine vaccine developed by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College has been successfully tested in primates, bringing them closer to launching human clinical trials.

Primates can `think about thinking` like humans

The closest animal relatives to humans, chimpanzees, have the ability to "think about thinking" - what is called "metacognition," a new study has revealed.

Even birds can’t resist a good yawn

Not just humans but birds also find yawns irresistible, say a researcher.

Scientists warn of humanising animals

A group of experts have urged urgent action to prevent the nightmarish ‘Planet Of The Apes’ science ever turning from fiction to fact.

Natural recovery of spinal cord injury found in primates

Natural recovery of spinal cord injury in primates found, a discovery which could lead to the development of new treatments for patients with such injuries.

Natural recovery of spinal cord injury found in primates

Natural recovery of spinal cord injury in primates found, a discovery which could lead to the development of new treatments for patients with such injuries.

iPhone application shows your common ancestors

A new iPhone application permits you to see how long ago you shared a common ancestor with any species.

Half the planet`s primates `threatened with extinction`

Twenty five endangered species of
primates including lemur, monkey and gorilla face extinction
primarily due to habitat destruction and human encroachment, a
new report has warned.

Dozens of primate species on the brink: Study

Seldom seen species of lemur, monkey and gorilla are among 25 primates facing near-certain extinction unless urgent measures are taken to protect them, according to a report released Thursday.