The Extinct Species Within
The Extinct Species Within
The genomes of living animals are littered with DNA from long-gone relatives, providing a lens on evolution, past extinctions, and perhaps even solutions to agricultural problems.
The Extinct Species Within
The Extinct Species Within

The genomes of living animals are littered with DNA from long-gone relatives, providing a lens on evolution, past extinctions, and perhaps even solutions to agricultural problems.

The genomes of living animals are littered with DNA from long-gone relatives, providing a lens on evolution, past extinctions, and perhaps even solutions to agricultural problems.

chimpanzee
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Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Robin Donovan | Jun 18, 2021
A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
Asher Jones | Feb 3, 2021
The newly discovered microbe seems to be responsible for a mysterious neurological disease that has killed dozens of critically endangered Western chimpanzees.
Image of the Day: Brains and Braincases
Image of the Day: Brains and Braincases
Emily Makowski | Oct 18, 2019
The skull changed shape in different ways than the brain during evolution, according to a new comparative study.
Why Chimpanzees Have Big Testes, and Mandrills Have Small Ones
Why Chimpanzees Have Big Testes, and Mandrills Have Small Ones
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 16, 2019
For primates, males’ fancier ornaments are linked with smaller testes, according to a new comparative study.
Human Presence Influences Chimps’ Hunting Habits
Human Presence Influences Chimps’ Hunting Habits
Diana Kwon | Jun 26, 2017
Researchers find differences in predatory behavior between a long-observed chimp tribe and a recently habituated one. 
Companionship May Help Chimps Chill Out
Companionship May Help Chimps Chill Out
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 2, 2016
Study suggests chimpanzees get by with a little help from their primate pals.
Project Seeks to Improve Image of Animal Research
Project Seeks to Improve Image of Animal Research
Kerry Grens | Sep 11, 2016
A new initiative in Germany aims to increase the public’s comfort with animal-based science; US government holds workshop on nonhuman primate research.
Decoding Human Accelerated Regions
Decoding Human Accelerated Regions
Katherine S. Pollard | Aug 1, 2016
Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Nailing Down HAR Function
Nailing Down HAR Function
Katherine S. Pollard | Jul 31, 2016
A remaining challenge in the study of human accelerated regions (HARs) is establishing their specific functions during development and other biological processes.
Understanding Human Accelerated Regions
Understanding Human Accelerated Regions
Katherine S. Pollard | Jul 31, 2016
Fast-evolving regions of the human genome differentiate our species from all other mammals.
Research Chimps Being Retired
Research Chimps Being Retired
Tanya Lewis | May 6, 2016
A Louisiana research center is sending more than 200 chimpanzees to a sanctuary in Georgia.
Chimps Share Microbes When Socializing
Chimps Share Microbes When Socializing
Kate Yandell | Jan 15, 2016
Social interaction influences the chimpanzee microbiome, increasing the number of microbial species the primates share.
Embattled Chimps Relocate
Embattled Chimps Relocate
Kerry Grens | Jan 9, 2016
After losing out on “personhood” in a legal battle, two chimpanzees that were held at a university in New York return to a research center in Louisiana.
Retirement for All NIH Chimps
Retirement for All NIH Chimps
Kerry Grens | Nov 19, 2015
The remaining 50 animals from a waning research program at the National Institutes of Health will head to sanctuaries.
Early Hominin Hearing
Early Hominin Hearing
Karen Zusi | Sep 29, 2015
Based on the structure of fossilized skulls and ear bones, researchers learn that early hominins heard sounds best between the frequencies that humans and chimpanzees do.
Judge: Chimps Are Not Legal Persons
Judge: Chimps Are Not Legal Persons
Tracy Vence | Jul 31, 2015
Animals used in research are property, a New York State Supreme Court justice rules.
Our Primitive Hands
Our Primitive Hands
Bob Grant | Jul 15, 2015
New research suggests that the form of the human hand has been around for a lot longer than previously thought.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2015
July 2015's selection of notable quotes