Chimps Change Their "Words" To Communicate Better With New Companions

Referred to as "referential calls," chimps use different grunts to identify objects. A new study provides the first evidence for vocal learning in non-humans, showing that chimps have the capacity for not just words — but also the ability to adapt to a new vernacular. » 2/06/15 12:40pm 2/06/15 12:40pm

This is the most disturbing animal behavior David Attenborough has seen

Yesterday, naturalist Sir David Attenborough participated in a reddit AMA, answering questions from the reddit community. One thing that he revealed during the Q&A was the most upsetting thing he has witnessed in his career: chimpanzees hunting monkeys. » 1/09/14 11:40am 1/09/14 11:40am

No, Humans Are Not Chimp-Pig Hybrids

Back in July of this year, Eugene McCarthy proposed that humans are the result of hybridization between chimps and pigs. This didn't get much attention at the time, but today's Daily Mail discussed it, so there might be an upswing of attention. » 11/30/13 3:27pm 11/30/13 3:27pm

Like humans, chimps and orangutans remember their past

Sometimes a particular smell, flavor or other sensory cue can trigger a flood of distant memories. New research shows chimpanzees and orangutans have similar capacities for this kind of episodic memory — they're able to accurately recall an event that happened three years prior. The results suggest, once again, that… » 7/18/13 1:20pm 7/18/13 1:20pm

This ancient hominin could replace Lucy as humanity's closest…

Two million years ago in South Africa, part-human and part-ape-like individuals existed — and now we know what they looked like and how they behaved: They had a primitive, pigeon-toed gait, human-like front teeth, ate mostly veggies and spent a lot of time swinging in the trees. » 4/12/13 9:40am 4/12/13 9:40am

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

How to Build the Perfect Human

What if you could improve the human race by splicing in some animal parts? Would we be better off with cats' eyes? What if you added the lungs of a goose, the muscles of a chimp, and the circulatory system of a penguin? Let's discover which animal parts could enhance our feeble human bodies. » 2/15/12 9:41am 2/15/12 9:41am

Chimps will follow their leader even when it's the stupid thing to do

Chimpanzees keep showing how smart they are compared to humans, but now there's a big knock against their intelligence - they're seemingly unable to go against the dominant group member, even if it means using a totally ineffective strategy. » 4/24/11 1:30pm 4/24/11 1:30pm

Which animals make war, other than humans?

Earlier this week, the New York Times covered a study that proved chimps make war on each other, slaughtering enemies and eating their children. But does that really count as "war"? » 6/25/10 2:00pm 6/25/10 2:00pm

Take Your Monkey To Space And Spank Him

The monkeys in the U.S. space program might seem like an odd subject for an animated film, especially since scientists killed a ton of them in the process. In fact, the first six monkeys, uninspiringly named Albert I through Albert VI, all died either in flight, on impact, or right after landing. Not exactly your… » 2/06/08 2:00pm 2/06/08 2:00pm