Three baboons sitting on a tree, looking at the camera
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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One chimpanzee grooming another on its chin
Chimps Appear to Treat Others' Wounds Using Insects
Natalia Mesa | Feb 7, 2022
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
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 | Sep 6, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
A scientist confirms a new species of patas monkey in Ethiopia.
Behavior Brief
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 2, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act
Bob Grant | Jun 10, 2015
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
The US Department of Agriculture has cited the University of Oklahoma for abusing baboons.
The Rainbow Connection
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2014
Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.
Inside the Color Lab
Kerry Grens | Sep 30, 2014
Meet the University of Washington's Jay Neitz, who studies the evolution of color vision.
TS Live: Handy Apes
Bob Grant | Aug 31, 2014
Studying handedness in chimps may shed light on the mysterious trait in humans.