All posts tagged with gorillas

An interview on gorilla emotions

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The Pacific Standard is running a nice interview with anthropologist Barbara King, by Francie Diep: “How Do Gorillas Grieve?”. It touches on the recent killi...

Link: Skeletons of the mountain gorillas

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The NYCEP blog has a great post by Natalie O’Shea, who has been helping prepare the skeletal remains of gorillas who died natural deaths within the Rwanda Vo...

Why do male bonobos have such low body fat?

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I can’t be the only one surprised at how little body fat male bonobos have. A study of bonobo dissections by Adrienne Zihlman and Debra Bolter (2015) include...

Mountain gorilla visit

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Chimpanzee researcher Maureen McCarthy describes a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, to see the mountain gorillas: “Uganda’s other great apes”.

Darwin's primate phylogeny

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I’m doing some reading and ran across a 2009 post by Brian Switek (“Darwin, Ardi and the African apes”), who touched on a little-appreciated aspect of Darwin...

Perils of talking to apes

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

Meet Gorilla gorilla

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The gorilla is the world’s largest living primate. Gorillas are presently distributed broadly across West and Central Africa, in forested areas where human a...

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...

Falciparum malaria came from gorillas

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Malaria in humans is caused by one of five different species of Plasmodium parasites. The deadliest of these is P. falciparum, especially within Africa where...

Mailbag: Parallel knuckle-walkers

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Regarding convergent evolution in the great apes, I thought it was well demonstrated that knuckle walking was convergent, because the mechanisms for spinal s...

HIV from gorillas

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A new strain of HIV has come from gorillas: “New Strain of H.I.V. Is Discovered”

P. T. Barnum's gorilla

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In the course of my research for the ape strength article, I ran across an old piece from The Atlantic Monthly, in which Alexander Young gives a long satire ...

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...


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Here’s today’s sketchbook page: