chimpanzees

  • Rethinking facial reconstructions with soft tissue

    New research provides a more accurate way of simulating soft tissue on ancient skulls.

    If you have a passing interest in science, it’s likely you’ve seen some reconstructed hominid faces – they give some ...

    Australia June 7, 2021
  • Ageing chimps value old friends

    It’s a human trait we didn’t know they had.

    As humans age they tend to favour small groups of old friends, where interactions are positive and stress-free. It...

    Animals October 23, 2020
  • Variable habitat linked to diverse chimp skills

    Environmental flux drives innovation, study suggests.

    Chimpanzees living in habitats with greater environmental variability are more likely to have a wide-ranging set of b...

    Animals September 16, 2020
  • The evolution of chimp skills

    Goualougo young learn differently to others in Africa.

    Research using remote video technology has shed new light on the remarkable toolmaking skills of wild chimpanzees, re...

    Animals August 21, 2020
  • The power of mum

    Why some female chimps choose to stay at home.

    Female chimpanzees with high-ranking mothers are more likely to be homebodies, according to analysis of data from the...

    Animals January 20, 2020
  • Chimps share tools when tasks gets tough

    Study sheds light on evolution of technology.

    Wild chimpanzees are more likely to share termite gathering tools with novices when the task involves greater complex...

    Animals January 6, 2020
  • The things animals do

    Chimps drum, meerkats dance and dogs can count.

    It’s been quite a day for revelations about the animal world. Four papers in peer-reviewed journals have provided new...

    Animals December 18, 2019
  • Chimps have a taste for crabs

    Freshwater crustaceans are a big part of the diet of apes.

    Chimpanzees have a taste for aquatic food, researchers have discovered. A paper in the Journal of Human Evolution, w...

    Animals June 2, 2019
  • Dinner on the half-shell: chimps eat tortoises

    Adults smash open the reptiles, then share the spoils.

    Chimpanzees are handy with tools, but it appears they also resort to brute force when needed. German researchers hav...

    Animals May 23, 2019
  • The fall of chimp civilisation

    Human impact reduced cultural behaviours in ape communities.

    Chimpanzees, our closest living genetic relatives and critically endangered across most of their natural territory, a...

    Animals March 7, 2019
  • Chimps and bonobos share sign languages

    Two species have the same gestures.

    Many of the gestures used by bonobos and chimpanzees share the same meanings, new research shows. Bonobos (Pan panis...

    Animals February 27, 2018
  • Children and chimps pay to watch punishments

    German study finds children think justice has to be seen to be done.

    Depending on how you look at it, in humans the sixth year of life is either when children develop a sense of justice ...

    Biology December 19, 2017
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