Advocacy Group to Name Captive Chimp as Plaintiff in Historic Case

The Nonhuman Rights Project plans to file a case on behalf of its first animal client, an unnamed captive chimpanzee. Sometime in the next few months, it will file a writ of habeas corpus asking a state court judge to grant the chimp its liberty. It could go down as the first true step towards animal personhood. » 7/17/13 12:20pm 7/17/13 12:20pm

Chimps are better at teamwork than anyone realized

Chimpanzees sometimes work together to solve problems. But scientists haven't been sure whether chimps deliberately cooperate to reach a common goal, or accidentally do it by focusing on related tasks. Now, we have evidence that they are consciously working to form teams. This sheds light on the social behavior of… » 3/22/13 1:46pm 3/22/13 1:46pm

Watch as retired lab chimps see the sky for the very first time

In January we reported on the successful initiative by government scientists in the U.S. to end most research done on chimps. In all, about 450 chimps currently held in government research facilities will be retired from active duty and relocated to federal sanctuaries, including Chimp Haven in Louisiana. It's going… » 3/08/13 7:10am 3/08/13 7:10am

Ex-Lab Chimps Show Remarkable Improvement After Treatment With…

One can only imagine the psychological and emotional states of research chimpanzees who have been poked, prodded, and confined for a good portion of their lives. No doubt, once relieved from the burdens of medical testing, many chimpanzees have a difficult time adapting to "normal" life. But as a recent small-scale… » 2/19/13 3:39pm 2/19/13 3:39pm

The evolution of kissing

Kissing is so common that we rarely ask why humans touch their lips together to show affection. One obvious answer is that it feels good. Densely packed nerve endings make your lips some of the most acutely sensitive regions of your entire body, and few things get them more riled up than a kiss. But where in humanity's … » 10/12/12 11:35am 10/12/12 11:35am

The Reason Early Humans May Have Practiced Infant Cannibalism

Back during the Early Pleistocene era in Europe, there lived a now-extinct subspecies of humans called Homo antecessor. Archeological evidence indicates that this species practiced cannibalism — and that they preferred the meat of young children. The question now being asked by anthropologists is why. The answer, it… » 9/14/12 3:00pm 9/14/12 3:00pm

Do girls naturally prefer dolls to trucks? Evidence from 2 primate…

Are gender roles in-born, or are they imprinted upon us? Science blogger Paul F. Norris went searching for answers in the scientific literature and came up with two incredible studies... one on rhesus monkeys, and the other on chimpanzees. What he discovered sheds some thought-provoking light on the nature/nurture… » 1/26/12 12:18pm 1/26/12 12:18pm

Researchers have identified poo-flinging as a sign of intelligence (in …

Be honest. When you rolled out of bed this morning, who among you thought they'd be reading about the neuroanotomical correlates of poo-flinging in chimps today? In a study published in the latest issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, psychobiologist Bill Hopkins and his colleagues report that… » 12/01/11 7:30am 12/01/11 7:30am

Chimps prove that human generosity is an ancient trait

Is selfless behavior in humans a unique evolutionary development? For years, studies designed to test prosociality, or altruism, in chimpanzees have presented them as "reluctant altruists" that are indifferent to the welfare of their fellow chimps. But now it seems that chimps care more for their fellow apes than we… » 8/09/11 5:00pm 8/09/11 5:00pm