All posts tagged with primates

Probabilistic calls of the titi monkeys

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A fascinating paper in Science Advances today looks at the way that a small platyrrhine monkey species conveys information about predators in its vocal commu...

Link: Long-read on Cayo Santiago

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The New York Times Magazine today has a long-read article about Cayo Santiago, the island just off Puerto Rico where a large colony of rhesus macaques was in...

Link: Archaeology of nonhuman tool use

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Scientific American is previewing an article by Michael Haslam from their March issue, “The Other Tool Users”. The article focuses on the use of archaeologic...

Did hominins associate with antelopes?

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Last summer in the South African Journal of Science, faunal specialist Shaw Badenhorst published a short commentary with an interesting question for early ho...

Incidental capuchin flake manufacture

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This is a nice article by Ed Yong about Michael Haslam’s research documenting how capuchin monkeys incidentally make stone flakes as a side effect of their n...

Link: About aye-ayes

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The Pacific Standard has a very good story by Jason Bittel about aye-ayes: “The Aye-Aye and the Finger of Death”. The story focuses on the interesting behavi...

Music and monkeys

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BBC Earth is running a story by Colin Barras looking at the origins of music in ancient humans and possible perceptual preadaptation to music in other primat...

Notable: Baboon migration to Arabia

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Notable paper: Kopp GH, Roos C, Butynski TM, Wildman DE, Alagaili AN, Groeneveld LF, Zinner D. (2014). Out of Africa, but how and when? The case of hamadryas...

The three-color primates

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The Scientist has a nice article about the evolution of trichromatic vision in primates: “The Rainbow Connection”. Trichromacy in anthropoid primates is a gr...

Monkey pyrophiles

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Nicole Herzog and colleagues spent half a year following a troop of vervet monkeys during the controlled burn season at Loskop Dam Nature Reserve in South Af...

Muriquis and human behavior

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Smithsonian magazine has a long profile article about my UW-Madison colleague Karen Strier: “Humans would be better off if they monkeyed around like muriquis...

Primate mating patterns

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Ecology, diet, competition, and ease of movement all affect the size of primate groups. The structure of primate groups is primarily affected by the mating s...

Group life in primates

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Primates form different kinds of groups. While there is variation within every species, each species has its own typical range of group sizes. Primate groups...

How do primates move around?

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The diversification of the first primates from other early mammals took place partly because the ancestors of the primates came to inhabit a unique environme...

Anthropology 105, lecture 7: Eyes

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Out of all the lectures in the course, this was one of my favorites to put together. I return to the topic of evolutionary developmental biology, first raise...


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The incisors are the front teeth. They are basically flat and have a blade-like occlusal surface. Each quadrant has two incisors.

Primate classification and phylogeny

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Our relationship to other kinds of primates is in part reflected by the pattern of similarities and differences we share with them. This pattern of similarit...

Primate extractive foraging and tool use

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An important difference among some primate species is their ability to get foods that are hidden or protected by natural defenses. A little cleverness may yi...

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.

Meet Daubentonia madagascarensis

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The aye-aye is possibly the world’s strangest primate. The species is native to Madagascar, and falls into the family of all primates from that island, the l...

Monkey numerical distractions

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This study has been out for a few weeks, and I’ve been meaning to put up a short comment about it: “Representational format determines numerical competence i...

The real "junk" DNA

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Let me be honest: when I started doing paleoanthropology, I really did not expect I’d be talking about Neandertal penises.

Spider monkey followers

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Anthony Di Fiore writes in the NY Times “Notes from the field” feature about his work with spider monkeys in Ecuador: “Spider monkey fathers and sons”.

Field primatology

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Noah Snyder-Mackler’s continuing series in the NY Times’ “Scientist at Work” blog has been providing a journal of his fieldwork on gelada baboons.

Mirror macaques

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Carl Zimmer reports on last week’s study showing rhesus macaques apparently passing the “Gallup test” for mirror self-recognition. I was talking about this i...

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...

Mental mismatches

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A Primate of Modern Aspect (“The sexuality wars, featuring apes”) writes about some of the reactions to the new book, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of...

Hauser update

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on an “internal document” from the Marc Hauser investigation: “Document Sheds Light on Investigation at Harvard”. T...

Stress on Sapolsky

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Jonah Lehrer in Wired has a long profile of Robert Sapolsky and his work on stress in baboons: “Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine”

Vietnam langur notes

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Conservation biologist Eleanor Sterling is running a blog of field notes from a survey for langurs in Vietnam, in the NY Times “Scientist at Work” blog zone.

Shaken by a monkey-maker

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The end of the Eocene was a rough time for a lot of Earth’s flora and fauna – it is recognized as a major extinction event, the Grande Coupure. Substantial g...

Quote: Higher-level taxa

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I ran across this passage in a book chapter by D. Tab Rasmussen, covering early catarrhine evolution. I think it captures an important point about the fossil...

Primate smell decay

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Matthew Cobb wrote recently about olfactory receptor evolution in primates: “You smell like a chimp.. and like a marmoset”.