Fossil Friday: Newly-found fossil teeth solve ancient monkey mystery

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Fossils reveal that primates initially had nails and claws, we just lost the latter ones

Tighter social groups and a three-borne lifestyle likely prompted the switch.

FDA shuts down nicotine addiction study over allegations of “cruel” treatment of animals

The monkeys used in the study will be sent to an animal sanctuary.

Japanese monkeys are apparently having sexual intercourse with deer

Nature gets pretty weird sometimes.

Rare Amazon monkey spotted for the first time in 80 years

We’ve found it, but we may soon lose it again to hunting.

Monkey business: A group of monkeys in Indonesia will steal your wallet and sell it back to you — for a cracker

The Monkey Mafia is acting up in Indonesia.

Monkeys have the vocal hardware required for speech but lack the brains

A monkey could speak just as well as you or me, were it to have the dedicated neural machinery.

Chinese researchers create autistic monkeys

Researchers in China have genetically engineered autistic monkeys which exhibit almost no social interaction.

An ancient monkey skull hints to how primate brains might have evolved

Duke University researchers made micro CT scans of the skull of ancient monkey and found its brain, though tiny by modern standards, was far more complex than previously thought. The fossils, discovered in Kenya in 1997, belong to a monkey ancestor who lived some 15 million years ago.

Monkeys can do math, study proves

It’s long been supposed that monkeys are capable of mental arithmetics, but it was only recently that this was proven for a fact by neuroscientists at the Margaret Livingstone of Harvard Medical School in Boston. The researchers taught three rhesus macaques to identify symbols representing the numbers zero to 25, then when given the choice between two panels, one depicting

25 million year old primate fossil found

Paleontologists working at Ohio University have unearthed evidence of two new species of ancient primates, named Rukwapithecus fleaglei and Nsungwepithecus gunnellifa, which offer solid evidence of a split between Old World monkeys and apes. Geological and paleontological analysis have shown that the fossils are approximately 25 million years old, which puts them in the late Oligocene. The Oligocene is a

New beautifully colored monkey species discovered in Africa

This bright little fellow is known as the lesula to the local people of a remote part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as of recently has been recognized as a new, distinct species of monkey. Lucky for the lesula, the discovery came in the nick of time for preservation efforts to be rolled, as the species faces extinction

Wild monkeys to monitor radiation levels in Japan

How do you measure the radiation level at the Fukushima power plant, without endangering people in the process? Researchers found quite a creative way of doing this: they tagged wild monkeys which hang around the place anyway with radiation sensors. Takayuki Takahashi explained that he and his team are planning to put radiation-measuring collars on three such monkeys, as well

Monkeys have regrets too

Much like humans, monkeys too exhibit signs of regret, and they wonder themselves what might have been, according to a recent study published by researchers from Yale. The study, published in the Neuron journal, suggests that aside from regrets, monkeys often wonder about how different actions would lead to different outcomes; as researchers state, aside from being extremely interesting in