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Scientists studying the human tendency to follow the gaze of other people have found a link to the behaviour of lemurs, a distant primate relative. Psychologists at the University of St Andrews said the action was a practical, food-finding skill, dating back to the time of the first primates. ... Humans find it impossible not to look up when they see someone staring upwards at the sky, even when they know it might be a trick. It's...
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The government of the Malaysian state of Johor says it is to organise an attempt to track down a legendary ape man reputed to roam its jungles.


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New research has given credence to the idea that laughter evolved in a common ancestor of the great apes and humans.


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Some of the great apes - chimps, gorillas, and orangutans - could be extinct within a human generation, an authoritative new assessment concludes. ... The great apes are our kin. Like us, they are self-aware and have cultures, tools, politics, and medicines; they can learn to use sign language, and have conversations with people and with each other.


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Apes began to morph into humans, and the species Homo erectus emerged some two million years ago, Mr. Wrangham argues, for one fundamental reason: We learned to tame fire and heat our food.


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Two troops of baboons have been filmed going to war, with hundreds of monkeys entering into a pitched battle. The fight, filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit, appears to be triggered by male baboons attempting to steal females from the harems of rivals.


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Monkeys avoid long-winded chatter, preferring to keep it brief, a new study suggests.


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Chimpanzees are intelligent enough to appreciate how big a pint of liquid is, or the volume of any other measure. That shows they have an ability to gauge the difference between continuous quantities, such as a pint or half pint of non-alcoholic fruit juice. Previously, apes have only been known to differentiate discrete quantities, such as eight sweets over five.


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One of our closest primate relatives, the bonobo, has been shown to voluntarily share food, scientists report. This sort of generous behaviour was previously thought by some to be an exclusively human trait.
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Researchers have discovered the skull of a 29 million-year-old animal that could be a common ancestor of Old World monkeys and apes, including humans.


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The brains of our closest relatives, unlike our own, do not shrink with age. The findings suggest that humans are more vulnerable than chimpanzees to age-related diseases because we live relatively longer.


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