Primate news of the Week

  • Smell help primates flee parasites
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    • Via Science Advances
    • Summary: Researchers from CNRS have found mandrills use  smell in order to avoid intestinal protozoans that were located within infected members of the group. This shows parasites changing/shaping social behavior. This was based upon Mandrills located in Southern Gabon part of the Mandrillus project.
    • Read more via Phys 
  • Bonobo anatomy reveals stasis and mosaicism in chimpanzee evolution, and supports bonobos as the most appropriate extant model for the common ancestor of Chimpanzees and humans
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    • Source: Nature
    • Summary: Debates over the relation of humans, common chimp and bonobos are often discussed. This paper uses muscle morphology of the body including the forelimb in order to determine the common chimp and bonobo divergence.
    • Read more via Nature
  • Study find great apes know when people are  wrong and are willing to help them
    • f-apes-a-20170407-870x580.jpgSource: PLOS ONE
    • Summary: Researchers within the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have tested both humans and apes for the understanding of false belief. False belief is the understanding that when a person leaves the room and an object is moved they will think the object is in it original spot instead of the other spot. Apes from the Leipzig Zoo took part and were able to pick the correct box significantly more than would be a guess. The apes were then likely to help the person find it. This suggests an understanding of false belief and the social cognition.
    • Read more via Japanese Times 

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