All posts tagged with apes

Apes and monkeys in etymology

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In scientific English, today we often distinguish between “monkeys” and “apes” in a meaningful way. Apes are the tail-less primates of the Old World that are...

Perils of talking to apes

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Barbara King comments on Koko, Kanzi and Panbanisha, “Thoughts On Three Famous ‘Language Apes’”.

Meet Aegyptopithecus

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At this station are casts of Aegyptopithecus zeuxis. This species comes from the Oligocene, approximately 30 million years ago. It is from the Fayum fossil b...

Primate vertebral numbers

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Between the skull and the sacrum, humans have 24 vertebrae. Well, most humans, anyway. Sometimes humans have a few more or less.

Ugandapithecus skull found

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A brief report earlier this month from Agence France-Presse describes a new discovery of Ugandapithecus, worked on by Brigitte Senut and Martin Pickford: “20...

Scanning the ape fecome

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Donald McNeil, Jr., has written up some background detail about last week’s story that falciparum malaria came from gorillas: “A finding on malaria comes fro...

Swimming orangutans

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New Scientist is running a gallery of orangutans interacting in water. These are orphaned orangutans that were relocated to an island and have since been obs...

Glut suit riot

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On topic: A Primate of Modern Aspect reviews the anatomy of the Ardipithecus proximal femur.

Orangutan facts

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Current Biology has a Q and A with orangutan researcher Anne Russon. It’s a good discussion to freshen one’s knowledge of orangutan behavior. Here’s an inter...

Chimps R'n't Us

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Michael Balter reports on the “First 4 Million Years of Human Evolution” meeting: “Primatologists Go Ape Over Ardi”.

Ardi woes

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Fifteen years they had this thing, and they didn’t look at Oreopithecus?

Late Miocene fossil apes from Africa

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Time for some attention to the Miocene apes. I’ve neglected them for the last few years, and there have been some interesting finds. I don’t mean the stuff t...


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Worth reading: Laelaps on “Hesperopithecus”, “The ‘Million-Dollar Pig’s Tooth Mystery’”.

Gorilla snippets from the 1800's

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I’m skipping around the net doing some historical research today, and I’ve been running across stories that try to describe apes to the general public, aroun...