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To Mate or Not to Mate? Baboons’ Inbreeding Defense Is Biased
Researchers find that wild baboons are generally good at avoiding inbreeding, but that it’s more likely to occur with paternal than maternal relatives.
To Mate or Not to Mate? Baboons’ Inbreeding Defense Is Biased
To Mate or Not to Mate? Baboons’ Inbreeding Defense Is Biased

Researchers find that wild baboons are generally good at avoiding inbreeding, but that it’s more likely to occur with paternal than maternal relatives.

Researchers find that wild baboons are generally good at avoiding inbreeding, but that it’s more likely to occur with paternal than maternal relatives.

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Chimps Appear to Treat Others' Wounds Using Insects
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 7, 2022 | 2 min read
The practice, which hasn’t been previously observed among nonhuman animals, may be a display of empathy. 
Stem Cell Transplant Treats Parkinson’s Disease in Monkeys
Roni Dengler, PhD | Feb 7, 2022 | 4 min read
Personalized stem cells improved motor symptoms and depression signs in monkeys modeling Parkinson’s disease, paving the way for trials in human patients.
Six primates eat leaves
Umami Taste Receptor Evolved with Primates’ Diets
Abby Olena, PhD | Sep 6, 2021 | 4 min read
A study suggests that mutations in the gene that encodes the T1R1/T1R3 taste receptor allowed primates that relied on insects for protein to transition to eating leaves and fruit.
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Lawmakers Push NIH to Reduce Nonhuman Primate Research
Chia-Yi Hou | May 10, 2019 | 1 min read
A spending bill approved by a House committee would require the agency to “accelerate” the replacement of nonhuman primates in laboratories starting in October.
Monkey Hybrids Challenge Assumptions of What a Species Is
Jim Daley | May 3, 2018 | 4 min read
A study finds two species of guenon monkeys in Tanzania have been mating and producing fertile offspring for generations.
Image of the Day: Size Matters
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Feb 23, 2018 | 1 min read
The male proboscis monkey’s large nose probably evolved in response to female preference and competition between males.
Monkeys Cloned by Dolly-the-Sheep Technology
Catherine Offord | Jan 24, 2018 | 2 min read
The approach, which has never before been successfully attempted in primates, could lead to improved animal models for human biology and disease.
Image of the Day: Mustachioed Monkey
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Jan 18, 2018 | 1 min read
A scientist confirms a new species of patas monkey in Ethiopia.
Behavior Brief
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 2, 2015 | 5 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act
Bob Grant | Jun 10, 2015 | 2 min read
Researchers in Africa observe chimpanzees stealing palm wine from villagers’ cups and imbibing the beverage.
OU in Trouble for Animal Treatment
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2015 | 1 min read
The US Department of Agriculture has cited the University of Oklahoma for abusing baboons.
The Rainbow Connection
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2014 | 10+ min read
Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.
Inside the Color Lab
Kerry Grens | Sep 30, 2014 | 1 min read
Meet the University of Washington's Jay Neitz, who studies the evolution of color vision.
TS Live: Handy Apes
Bob Grant | Aug 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Studying handedness in chimps may shed light on the mysterious trait in humans.
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