Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing
Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing
Kyoto University is shuttering its Primate Research Institute after its director was dismissed for misuse of funding.
Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing
Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing

Kyoto University is shuttering its Primate Research Institute after its director was dismissed for misuse of funding.

Kyoto University is shuttering its Primate Research Institute after its director was dismissed for misuse of funding.

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Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Chloe Tenn | Oct 7, 2021
A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.
<em>Alu </em>Leap May Explain Why Apes Don&rsquo;t Have Tails
Alu Leap May Explain Why Apes Don’t Have Tails
Annie Melchor | Sep 23, 2021
A transposable element that jumped into the TBXT gene, which is linked to tail morphology, appears to be to blame for our missing appendage.
US Confirms World&rsquo;s First SARS-CoV-2 Cases in Gorillas
US Confirms World’s First SARS-CoV-2 Cases in Gorillas
Max Kozlov | Jan 12, 2021
Zoo officials say the captive primates are recovering, but scientists worry the virus could spread quickly through dwindling wild populations.
Unravelling Memory&rsquo;s Mysteries: A Profile of Elizabeth Buffalo
Unravelling Memory’s Mysteries: A Profile of Elizabeth Buffalo
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2020
Studying nonhuman primates, the University of Washington neuroscientist has identified important features of the neural underpinnings of learning and memory.
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.
Image of the Day: Side Salad
Image of the Day: Side Salad
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 2, 2019
Bonobos eat their aquatic greens, perhaps to get their daily dose of iodine.
Infant Monkeys Died in Accidental Poisoning at UC Davis Lab
Infant Monkeys Died in Accidental Poisoning at UC Davis Lab
Catherine Offord | Jun 18, 2019
The seven primates came into contact with a dye that was used on their mothers, documents reveal.
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.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 21, 2019
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
The function of early hominins’ enlarged brow ridges, and their reduction in size in Homo sapiens, have puzzled paleoanthropologists for decades.
Monkey Hybrids Challenge Assumptions of What a Species Is
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.
Monkeys Cloned by Dolly-the-Sheep Technology
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.
Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family
Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 2, 2017
The Tapanuli orangutan has been identified as the newest species of great ape, but also likely the most endangered. 
Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size
Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size
Diana Kwon | Mar 29, 2017
The results of a historical primate behavior analysis suggest that species with fruit-filled diets evolved larger brains.
Image of the Day: Jungle Jedi
Image of the Day: Jungle Jedi
The Scientist Staff | Jan 22, 2017
The newly identified Skywalker gibbon (Hoolock tianxing) is threatened with extinction, along with roughly 60 percent of primate species worldwide.
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Diana Kwon | Jan 12, 2017
The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  
Monkey Tools and Early Human Ingenuity
Monkey Tools and Early Human Ingenuity
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2016
Wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil produce sharp stone flakes by accident, causing some researchers to suggest a rethink of the beginnings of human tool use.
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.