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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.