When a lemur asked kids to scratch its back – Watch!

When a lemur asked kids to scratch its back – Watch!

Lemurs are primates that look something like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog, endemic to the island of Madagascar.

Big animals' extinction can hasten climate change

With the big animals gone forever, climate change could get worse, according to a new study.

Chitchat a social-bonding tool passed down from primates

Chitchat a social-bonding tool passed down from primates

Often regarded as idle conversations in which people engage in to pass the time or kill an awkward silence, chitchat and small talk could be a social-bonding tool passed down from primates, new research suggests.

'Rat vision' gives humans best sight ever

'Rat vision' gives humans best sight ever

The brain cells suggest that human and other primates retain a visual pathway that traces back to the primitive systems of vertebrates like fish and frogs.

HIV ancestors have infected primates for 16 million years

Viruses closely related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that may cause AIDS have infected primates in Africa for as long as 16 million years, says a new study.

Apes may be closer to speaking than believed

Apes may be closer to speaking than believed

Scientists have found that gorillas can learn new vocal and breathing-related behaviours, a finding that may change the perception that humans are the only primates with the capacity for speech.

Voila! Kangaroos are generally lefties

Kangaroos prefer to use one of their hands over the other for everyday tasks in much the same way as we do, but with a difference: they are generally lefties, new research says.

Why female lemurs are dominating

Most males rule the animal kingdom, but when it comes to lemurs -- primates that look like cats -- the trend is upturned. Lemur females behave more like males, thanks to the presence of slight testosterone, says a new study.

65mn-yr-old ankle bones reveal Earth`s earliest primates were `tree-dwellers`

A new study of 65-million-year-old ankle bones, discovered from the sites in northeastern Montana, has revealed that Earth's earliest primates lived in trees.

World's smallest primates live longer than previously thought

The world's smallest primates, the mouse lemurs, can live at least eight years in the wild - twice as long as some previous estimates suggested, a recent study revealed.

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.