• Venom showdown: ancient primates vs venomous snakes

    An ancient primate ancestor evolved resistance to snake venom – and passed it down to us!

    Venomous cobras may not seem like snakes we should get up close and personal with, but an ancient Homininae ancestor ...

    Animals December 7, 2021
  • Why do humans have bigger brains than apes?

    Researchers identify key genetic switch in brains grown in a dish.

    Human brains grow three times larger than those of our primate cousins – and researchers have just figured out how.  ...

    Evolution March 25, 2021
  • Birdsong baffles babies

    Researchers find that baby brains are bolstered by lemur and human voices – but not by birdsong.

    The blue-eyed black lemur (Elemur flavirons) may be a close genetic cousin of ours, but these small, lanky tree-dwell...

    Animals March 12, 2021
  • Why boys should be friends with girls

    Baboon study suggests it increases chance of a long life.

    Close friendships can increase the odds of living a long life – not just in humans but also in animals including hors...

    Animals September 23, 2020
  • Primate larynx something to talk about

    It’s bigger than in other mammals, and evolving quickly.

    The larynx is significantly larger relative to body size in primates than in other mammals and also has greater varia...

    Animals August 13, 2020
  • How to attract girls, if you’re a lemur

    A fruity-smelling perfume seems to do the trick.

    Male ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) appear to make themselves more attractive to females by secreting a fruity and ...

    Animals April 17, 2020
  • A new way to spy on wildlife

    New technology could improve conservation efforts.

    This image of a mountain monkey was captured by a combination of standard camera trapping and new “arboreal camera tr...

    Animals March 9, 2020
  • What can a primate tell us about cat allergies?

    Its venom points to a feline defence mechanism.

    The toxin from the world’s only venomous primate appears to have given researchers an unexpected insight into the ori...

    Animals February 6, 2020
  • Moves like a marsupial, climbs like a primate

    The koala is built for life in the trees.

    Australia’s cuddly koala seems to have evolved tree clambering abilities that rival those of the apes and monkeys tha...

    Animals December 17, 2019
  • Lifting the lid on primate brains

    Rare find provides important evolutionary clues.

    A fossilised primate skull the size of a chicken egg has yielded insights into how primate brains – including our own...

    Palaeontology August 21, 2019
  • In primates, evolution is a ball game

    Looking handsome comes at a very personal cost.

    Evolution is fundamentally an exercise in trade-offs – speed versus bulk, running versus tree-climbing, that sort of ...

    Evolution April 14, 2019
  • Gorillas mourn friends and strangers alike

    They show similar responses to deaths in-group and out-group.

    Gorillas spend time sitting with dead species members, sometimes grooming them, regardless of whether the deceased wa...

    Animals April 7, 2019
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