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Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family

By Katarina Zimmer | November 2, 2017

The Tapanuli orangutan has been identified as the newest species of great ape, but also likely the most endangered. 

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Scientists think these apes switch to breastfeeding during periods of food scarcity.

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Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 21, 2016

Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find. 

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Research Chimps Being Retired

By Tanya Lewis | May 6, 2016

A Louisiana research center is sending more than 200 chimpanzees to a sanctuary in Georgia.

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Study: Faster Metabolism Boosted Human Brains

By Tanya Lewis | May 5, 2016

Humans burn calories faster than any other primate, researchers report.

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Great Ape Microbiomes

By Tracy Vence | November 6, 2014

Chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas harbor more microbial diversity in their guts than do humans, a study shows.

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Bipedal Beginnings

By Tracy Vence | December 4, 2013

Re-examination of a thigh bone from one of the earliest putative hominins could impact scientists’ understanding of the origins of human bipedalism, a study suggests.

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Oldest Fossil of Ape Discovered

By Ed Yong | May 15, 2013

Two new fossils of ancient primates shed light on the divergence of apes and Old World monkeys.

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Orangutans Have Culture

By Bob Grant | October 25, 2011

A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.

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