Orangutan nests reveal engineering expertise
An innovative study looking at how orangutans build their nests has revealed that the apes use a high level of engineering know-how.
Study finds great apes can experience a 'midlife crisis' similar to humans
Chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a midlife crisis just like humans, a study suggests.
11.9 million-year-old fossil of great ape sheds light on evolution
(Phys.org) —Researchers who unearthed the fossil specimen of an ape skeleton in Spain in 2002 assigned it a new genus and species, Pierolapithecus catalaunicus. They estimated that the ape lived about ...
Great apes know they could be wrong
orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas - realize that they can be wrong when making choices, according to Dr. Josep Call from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. ...
Genome sequenced: Orangutan DNA more diverse than human's, remarkably stable through the ages (w/ Video)
Among great apes, orangutans are humans' most distant cousins. These tree dwellers sport a coat of fine reddish hair and have long been endangered in their native habitats in the rainforests of Sumatra and ...
What was he thinking? Study turns to ape intellect
(AP) The more we study animals, the less special we seem.
Why did the orangutan come down from the trees?
Orang-utans come down from the trees and spend more time on the ground than previously realised – but this behaviour may be partly influenced by man, a new study has found.
Tree-dwelling orangutans on ground
When researchers in Borneo set up camera traps to monitor tropical mammals on the ground, they didn't expect to be photobombed by orangutans.
Researchers discover rare fossil ape cranium in China
A team of researchers has discovered the cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China. The juvenile cranium of the fossil ape Lufengpithecus is significant, according to team member Nina J ...
Researchers find non-ape species engages in rapid facial mimicry
Orangutans plan their future route and communicate it to others, researchers show
Male orangutans plan their travel route up to one day in advance and communicate it to other members of their species. In order to attract females and repel male rivals, they call in the direction in which ...
Culture in humans and apes has the same evolutionary roots: study
Culture is not a trait that is unique to humans. By studying orangutan populations, a team of researchers headed by anthropologist Michael Krützen from the University of Zurich has demonstrated that great apes also have ...
Orangutans harbor ancient primate Alu
Alu elements infiltrated the ancestral primate genome about 65 million years ago. Once gained an Alu element is rarely lost so comparison of Alu between species can be used to map primate evolution and diversity. New research ...
First documented report of swimming and diving in apes
Two researchers have provided the first video-based observation of swimming and diving apes. Instead of the usual dog-paddle stroke used by most terrestrial mammals, these animals use a kind of breaststroke. ...