primates

'Gorillas, gibbons first mammals to embrace daytime activity'

'Gorillas, gibbons first mammals to embrace daytime activity'

The visual acuity and colour perception of simians is comparable to those of diurnal reptiles and birds -- groups that never left the daytime niche, the researchers said.
 

Nov 08, 2017, 17:49 PM IST
Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors game: Study

Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors game: Study

Seven chimpanzees of different ages and sexes living in the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University were part of the experiment.

Aug 11, 2017, 19:23 PM IST
Smell helps primates escape parasites: Study

Smell helps primates escape parasites: Study

Frequent grooming among mandrills, a primate of the Old World monkey family, is undoubtedly a means of eliminating ectoparasites.

Apr 08, 2017, 17:53 PM IST
This is how primates developed larger brains

This is how primates developed larger brains

 Researchers have found that a diet rich in fruits may have been responsible for larger brain size in primates.

Mar 28, 2017, 23:05 PM IST
Inching toward extinction: Only 5000 of the world's largest gorillas left on Earth!

Inching toward extinction: Only 5000 of the world's largest gorillas left on Earth!

Officials at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's global conference in Honolulu confirmed that the majestic species of Eastern Gorillas (Gorilla beringei) now faces the risk of disappearing completely, with just 5,000 left on Earth.

Sep 07, 2016, 19:45 PM IST

Primates didn't start out with large brains

Brain specialisations such as improved vision preceded the development of large brains in primates, our closest cousins, confirms a new study.

Aug 13, 2016, 00:11 AM IST
Three new species of mouse lemurs discovered in Madagascar

Three new species of mouse lemurs discovered in Madagascar

Mouse lemurs, like all other lemurs, are native to the island-nation of Madagascar.

May 03, 2016, 13:28 PM IST
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.

Apr 20, 2016, 16:41 PM IST

Big animals' extinction can hasten climate change

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

Dec 19, 2015, 09:45 AM IST
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.

Dec 15, 2015, 13:50 PM IST
'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.

Nov 23, 2015, 11:59 AM IST

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.

Aug 21, 2015, 12:51 PM IST
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.

Aug 14, 2015, 17:15 PM IST

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.

Jun 19, 2015, 16:11 PM IST

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.

May 14, 2015, 15:50 PM IST

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.

Jan 20, 2015, 12:08 PM IST

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.

Oct 30, 2014, 15:07 PM IST

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.

Jul 11, 2014, 19:29 PM IST

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.

Apr 22, 2014, 22:24 PM IST

`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.

Apr 04, 2014, 15:26 PM IST