MONKEY TEACHES HUMAN HOW TO CRUSH LEAVES
The Oakland Zoo is really awesome. Their enclosures are huuuuuge. #gibbon
“For my own part I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey, who braved his dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper; or from that old baboon, who, descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs—as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.”
― Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
Bemaraha woolly lemur (Avahi cleesei)
Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Avahi cleesei wasn’t discovered until 2005, and is named after John Cleese. It lives only in the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in central Madagascar. Unusually for a lemur, this species is monogamous. Females give birth to a single young after a gestation period of four to five months. Pairs keep in contact with each other when foraging with distinctive whistles and calls.
The slash and burn agriculture seen across Madagascar is the main threat to A.cleesei. Bushfires near the borders of the national park where this species is found also prevent vegetation from regenerating.
Better enforcement of the protection of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park will help protect this species from extinction. However, little is yet known about A.cleesei, and more information is needed to provide proper protection.
Photo: Edward Louis.
Happy birthday, Remmy. I can’t believe you’re already 3.
You mean more to me than most people.
Human Universe will study humanity’s destiny as part of new season of programmes that includes Eddie Izzard docu-drama.
Professor Brian Cox will return to BBC2 with a new five-part series asking what it is to be human in a 2014 season of science programmes that will also feature an Eddie Izzard docu-drama about the invention of radar and the dissection of a human hand and foot.
Cox has become one of the BBC’s most important faces following the success of his three Wonders … series looking at the solar system, the universe and life on earth.
His next series, Human Universe, will attempt to answer who we are, whether we are alone, and what is our destiny
The BBC, announcing the new season of programmes on Wednesday, said Cox’s new series would “tackle the biggest questions that we can ask from who are we and are we alone, to why are we here and what is our destiny”.
"As humans, we have long sought to understand our place in the cosmos, looking for answers in the heavens and the earth, discovering clues in the endless forms of living things and wondering at the precious nature of human life," it said.
Source: the guardian
Table manners be damned! These lemurs are thoroughly enjoying a Thanksgiving Feast that took place in the Lemur Forest exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo on November 23rd, 2011. Yum!
Check out more photos and a video of this awesome feast over at Laughing Squid!
The most detailed range-wide assessment of the bonobo (formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee) ever conducted has revealed that this poorly known and endangered great ape is quickly losing space in a world with growing human populations. The loss of usable habitat is attributed to both forest fragmentation and poaching, according to a new study by University of Georgia, University of Maryland, the Wildlife Conservation Society, ICCN (Congolese Wildlife Authority), African Wildlife Foundation, Zoological Society of Milwaukee, World Wildlife Fund, Max Planck Institute, Lukuru Foundation, University of Stirling, Kyoto University, and other groups.
Using data from nest counts and remote sensing imagery, the research team found that the bonobo— one of humankind’s closest living relatives —avoids areas of high human activity and forest fragmentation. As little as 28 percent of the bonobo’s range remains suitable, according to the model developed by the researchers in the study, which now appears in the December edition of Biodiversity and Conservation.
"This assessment is a major step towards addressing the substantial information gap regarding the conservation status of bonobos across their entire range," said lead author Dr. Jena R. Hickey of Cornell University and the University of Georgia. "The results of the study demonstrate that human activities reduce the amount of effective bonobo habitat and will help us identify where to propose future protected areas for this great ape."
"For bonobos to survive over the next 100 years or longer, it is extremely important that we understand the extent of their range, their distribution, and drivers of that distribution so that conservation actions can be targeted in the most effective way and achieve the desired results," said Ashley Vosper of the Wildlife Conservation Society. "Bonobos are probably the least understood great ape in Africa, so this paper is pivotal in increasing our knowledge and understanding of this beautiful and charismatic animal."
The bonobo is smaller in size and more slender in build than the common chimpanzee. The great ape’s social structure is complex and matriarchal. Unlike the common chimpanzee, bonobos establish social bonds and diffuse tension or aggression with sexual behaviors. The entire range of the bonobo lies within the lowland forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa and currently beset with warfare and insecurity.
Photos: Crispin Mahamba/Wildlife Conservation Society-DRC Program.
Monkeys have the most colorful faces of all mammals, and new research suggests that’s not just a pretty face.
In a study published in Nature Communications, correlations were found between monkeys’ facial color patterns and pigmentation and the social structure and environment in which they live. Led by Dr. Sharlene Santana, Assistant Professor in Biology at the University of Washington and the curator of mammals at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the study examined 139 species of Catharrines, a group of Old World monkeys and apes from Africa and Asia. To compare faces, Santana and her co-authors conducted complex analyses of hundreds of monkey “head-shots,” photos from online databases.
The study found that species that live in larger (more social) groups have faces with more complex color patterns than those that live in smaller groups. These color patterns have also evolved to be more complex when closely related species live within the same area, possibly making it easier to tell each other apart.
Geographic location and environmental factors were also significant for the evolution of facial colors of the monkeys and apes studied. Species that live closer to the equator in dense, humid forests had darker faces than those who live in less-vegetated and dry areas further away from the equator. When living in a dark forest environment, darker face colors potentially help camouflage these primates so they go unnoticed by predators. Interestingly, only primate species living in Africa show these trends, potentially because environmental gradients are more accentuated in this continent.
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Royal Society Publishing has just published a theme issue ‘Tool use as adaptation,’ compiled and edited by Dora Biro, Michael Haslam, and Christian Rutz.
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