It Looks Like Monkeys Can Learn from Instructional Videos

That marmosets can learn from other marmosets isn't all that surprising. Slightly more impressive is that they can learn from unfamiliar marmosets, who they haven't met before. But what's really amazing is they can learn from instructional videos. » 9/03/14 11:29am 9/03/14 11:29am

Do Wild Animals Get Drunk and High On Purpose?

In South Africa, local legend has it that the elephants like to get drunk. They seek out the marula tree, overindulge on its sweet fruits, and enjoy the intoxicating effects of the slightly fermented juice. » 6/01/14 10:33am 6/01/14 10:33am

Concept Art Writing Prompt: A Monkey Lands on the Moon

Plenty of animals have gone to space, but this monkey managed to find itself on the moon—and it appears that not all has gone well. What's this monkey's tale? » 8/24/13 12:00pm 8/24/13 12:00pm

Monkeys are the most stressed when they're stuck in the middle

Sociological studies have found that middle managers tend to be more stressed than either their bosses or their underlings. That phenomenon might well be true of all primates, as macaques display heightened stress levels when they are in the middle of their social hierarchy. » 4/07/13 5:00pm 4/07/13 5:00pm

Monkey with stylish winter coat spotted at Toronto Ikea

Visitors to an Ikea in Toronto had to finish their Christmas shopping with some unexpected company this past weekend. A small, but stylish, monkey wearing a shearling-like winter coat was found on the loose and alone in the store's parking lot after escaping the confines of its owner's cage. The monkey was eventually… » 12/10/12 6:30am 12/10/12 6:30am

So this new species of monkey looks exactly like Alan Tudyk

It's not every day that scientists identify a brand new species of mammal. Rarer still is a confirmed discovery of a new species of primate — the mammalian order that encompasses humans, monkeys and apes. Now, for only the second time in 28 years, a new species of monkey has been identified in Africa. » 9/13/12 12:08pm 9/13/12 12:08pm

Macaques use synchronized sex to keep alpha males at bay

The phrase "battle of the sexes" applies pretty literally to the Assam macaques of southeastern Asia. During mating season, males become extremely aggressive, and females rely on various tactics to defend themselves... including all having sex at the same time. » 10/24/11 3:00pm 10/24/11 3:00pm

Why zoning out reveals the evolutionary origins of consciousness

Letting your mind wander allows you to be introspective, and to think in abstract ways most other animals cannot. And yet rats possess the same brain structures we use for introspection — which suggests deeper evolutionary roots for introspection and, by extension, consciousness itself. » 10/13/11 2:16pm 10/13/11 2:16pm

Hyenas prove that complex societies give you big brains

The basic concept of counting is beyond most animals, but not hyenas. They are able to count almost as well as primates, another indicator that these carnivores are unusually intelligent. It all goes back to their sophisticated, hierarchical societies. » 8/17/11 2:11pm 8/17/11 2:11pm

Infection-resistant monkeys could be crucial in the fight against HIV

Sooty mangabeys are a monkey species found on the western coast of central Africa. Their unique immunity to SIV, a relative of HIV, has intrigued medical researchers for decades. Now we know just how their immunity works. » 6/27/11 1:09pm 6/27/11 1:09pm

Why did humans and monkeys evolve to hate the color red?

Red is the color of anger and hatred, of imminent danger and deadly heat. Even the English language tells us that "seeing red" is a bad thing. And this aversion for red might go back to our earliest primate relatives. » 6/12/11 2:45pm 6/12/11 2:45pm

Monkeys experience regret over a game of rock-paper-scissors

It's sometimes said that you should live life without regrets, but doing that means ignoring lots of information about how you could do things better. Even monkeys see the value in regret...at least after they throw rock instead of scissors. » 5/25/11 11:47am 5/25/11 11:47am

Barfing big-nosed monkeys like to eat their meals twice

Proboscis monkeys are unlike any other primates. The males' noses are almost four inches long - because females find it sexy, naturally. Plus, they're the only primates to throw up their half-digested food and eat their meals all over again. » 3/30/11 10:41am 3/30/11 10:41am

Monkeys can count...but not on an empty stomach

Even though they're one of our more distantly related primate cousins, macaque monkeys keep revealing remarkably human-like abilities. First they displayed self-awareness, and now it turns out they can count...but only if they don't get to eat what they're counting. » 3/29/11 5:00pm 3/29/11 5:00pm

Monkeys put up a "Don't Disturb" sign with their hands

Some monkeys in a British zoo have been getting up to some very unusual behavior. They cover their eyes with their hands when the Sun isn't even shining down on them, and they keep their eyes open the whole time, suggesting this isn't a physical reaction but actually a form of social interaction. The zookeepers… » 2/08/11 1:50pm 2/08/11 1:50pm

Yoda was originally played by a monkey in a mask, and other secrets of…

Before Yoda was a Muppet, the makers of Empire Strikes Back considered casting a monkey as the movie's spiritual center. Plus the lost Wampa raid on the rebel base, and the original portrayer of Palpatine finally revealed after thirty years! » 10/10/10 10:30am 10/10/10 10:30am

This Is One Of The Most Exciting New Comic Characters Of The Century?

Marvel's getting back into the Monkey Business. The above image was sent out on Friday in an email asking "Who Is One Of The Most Exciting New Comic Characters of The Century?" Start your suggesting engines now! » 11/15/09 2:00pm 11/15/09 2:00pm

Gene Therapy Has Color-Blind Monkeys Seeing Red (and Green)

Genetic color-blindness may soon be a thing of the past. A team of scientists has used gene therapy to enable adult squirrel monkeys to see color for the first time, and they believe their technique could someday work on humans. » 9/17/09 9:00am 9/17/09 9:00am

Monkey Feeds Itself With a Robotic Arm

A pair of monkeys at the University of Pittsburgh have taken a major step forward in futuristic prosthetics: they can now feed themselves by controlling a robotic arm with their brains. Using primitive brain implants that record activity in the primates' motor cortex, the monkeys showed they could manipulate a… » 5/29/08 9:11am 5/29/08 9:11am