Heartbreaking Video Shows A Male Monkey Comforting His Dying Partner

Scientists working in Brazil recently witnessed a heartbreaking scene involving a female marmoset who sustained a mortal head injury after accidentally falling from a tree. They then watched in amazement as her partner of three-and-a-half years climbed down to comfort her as she lay dying. » 4/15/14 7:20am 4/15/14 7:20am

Bioengineered monkeys with human genetic diseases have almost arrived

Looking to create more accurate experimental models for human diseases, biologists have created transgenic monkeys with "customized" mutations. It's considered a breakthrough in the effort to produce more human-like monkeys — but the ethics of all this are dubious at best. » 1/31/14 2:00pm 1/31/14 2:00pm

These Monkeys Always Give Birth to Twins – How Do They Do It?

Unlike all other primates, clawed New World Monkeys almost always give birth to twins. But why? It turns out these animals have a unique set of adaptations that make it possible — and could prove useful to humans as well. » 12/31/13 7:30am 12/31/13 7:30am

Science Is Finally Catching on That Female Promiscuity Is Natural

New anthropological research on human behavior has found that when it comes to sexual selection, females aren't merely passive objects of male competition, but actively seek out multiple partners as an "evolutionary strategy." According to science, we're all sluts. Who wants to heave the first "told ya so"? » 12/04/13 6:59pm 12/04/13 6:59pm

Monkeys Remember "Words" Used by Their Ancestors Centuries Ago

In the mid-1600s, green monkeys from Africa were introduced to the West Indies island of Barbados. Despite living a predator-free life for centuries, the Barbados population still responds to an ancestral alarm call that means, roughly translated, “Run up a tree or a leopard will eat you!” » 10/30/13 7:40am 10/30/13 7:40am

10 Escaped Lab Animal Populations (And What They're Probably Doing Now)

Why must we constantly fear the supernatural when there's so much real stuff to fear? Take, for example, the many smart, dangerous groups of animals who escaped from their laboratory environments and now roam free. Perhaps they're just enjoying their liberty — or perhaps they're seeking revenge on those who caged… » 10/09/13 10:13am 10/09/13 10:13am

Fossils reveal the evolutionary split between monkeys and apes

Scientists have discovered fossils of two newfound primate species, dating back to 25 million years ago. One fossil belongs to the group that contains great apes (hominids), while the other is from the group that includes Old World monkeys. The discovery may mark the moment when our primate ancestors first diverged… » 5/16/13 11:40am 5/16/13 11:40am

These monkeys don't think much of Shyamalan's After Earth either

A new clip from M. Night Shayamalan's After Earth titled "Monkey Discovery" has been released. In it, young Jaden Smith does indeed discover a monkey, who is extremely upset at being forced to star in an M. Night Shyamalan film. Justly so, I think. » 5/15/13 1:40pm 5/15/13 1:40pm

Zoologists watch as monkey midwife delivers baby

Human labor is long and difficult, so it's only natural that someone be there to lend a helping hand — that's where the midwife comes in. It's not the kind of thing that's typically observed among other animals, however. Imagine the surprise of these zoologists working in southwest China when they witnessed the birth… » 2/11/13 3:30pm 2/11/13 3:30pm

The Grisly Failures of Project Albert, Precursor to the Apollo Space…

The earliest practical precursor to the human space flight program was Project Albert. It was a horrific failure, with nearly all its pilots unable to survive the ordeal. Of course, these pilots were monkeys. Still, their story — full of confiscated rockets, drugs, and desert skies raining body parts — is one of the… » 8/30/12 7:00am 8/30/12 7:00am

Watch six species of monkeys play six different synthesizers

If a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters will eventually produce the works of Shakespeare, what will half a dozen monkeys on a half a dozen synthesizers produce? This ad for Sweden's Volt Festival answers that not-so-age-old question by putting electronic instruments in the hands of long-tailed primates. » 5/27/12 9:00am 5/27/12 9:00am