Primate males with more ornamentation seem to have smaller testes, a new study finds

Don’t judge a book by its cover; nor an orangutan by his cheek flanges.

Eating fruit may have given primates their big brains, paving the way for social structures

Chow down.

Wild cats’ brains evolve to a different tune than those of primates, study finds

Same organ, different needs.

Study suggests that primates prefer alcohol in their nectar

Looks like happy hour isn’t just a human thing.

The family that walks on all-fours does not constitute reverse evolution

In 2006 , the BBC aired a fascinating documentary that featured that featured a family of five siblings from a remote corner of Turkey that remarkably solely moved about by walking on all fours. Many anthropologists of the time saw this behavior as evidence of reverse evolution and sought to extensively study the phenomenon in order to gain insights on

Which came first: the dexterous hand or the agile foot?

A common assumption in human evolution is that our early ancestors first developed bipedal locomotion and only then did they developed dexterous hands capable of using tools, since these were free to be used no longer being required for walking. A new research by a team of Japanese scientists proved this long-standing assumption wrong, however, after they used high-end laboratory

Primate howl hints towards origins of human speech

Scientists have always tried to answer how speech developed in humans or what are its evolutionary mechanisms, a mystery made even more difficult to unravel since none of our close primate relatives has been granted with even the most primitive forms of speech, or so it was thought. Researchers studying the gelada – a primate that closely resembles the baboon

Origins of alcohol consumption traced back to 10-million-year-old common ancestor

Now, I’m not advocating alcohol consumption, but truth be told most of us take alcohol for granted, and I’m not referring to abusing either. Millions of years ago, our ancestors and primate relatives had a very poor ability of metabolizing ethanol — the alcohol in beer, wine and spirits — and were it not for their pioneering “work”, we humans might

New slow loris species discovered in Borneo is already threatened

Biologists have identified a new species of small nocturnal primates, part of the slow loris family, in Borneo’s forests. Don’t be fooled by its cute grim though, this tiny critter packs a punch, as its bite is poisonous and can cause harm to humans. Nevertheless, barely as it was discovered, scientists issued a warning to environmental agencies that the new slow loris

Cooking food helped early humans grow bigger brains

The pyramids, art, all of the world’s great inventions, literary works, just about any valuable intellectual work can be traced back to food – cooked food. If you care to go as far back as our very roots, that is. Previous research showed that cooked food made it easier and more efficient for our guts to absorb calories more rapidly, which

Dead gene is resurrected in humans

This is what researchers believe to be the first true comeback of a gene in the human/great ape lineage; the study was led by Evan Eichler’s genome science laboratory at the University of Washington and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and they pointed out that the infection-fighting human IRGM is (as far as we know) the first doomed gene to