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What Chimpanzees Know About Giving Medicine

Alexander Piel and Fiona Stewart , February 23rd, 2022

Chimps exhibit unique behaviors in different communities, such as these who clasp hands while grooming one another. P. Gagneux/GMERC This article was originally published at The Conversat…


Did Dads Evolve?

Elizabeth Preston , September 1st, 2021

[no-caption] Vincent van Gogh/Wikimedia Commons This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished under Creative Commons. Lee Gettler is hard to get on t…


The Evolution of Throwing

Marta Zaraska , July 15th, 2021

United States Olympic athlete Kara Winger competes in the women’s javelin throw in 2019. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images With the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, Kara Winger is trainin…


How Apes Reveal Human History

Mary Shirley Mitchell , June 24th, 2021

Except for humans, every great ape is endangered—many at great risk of going extinct. There are fewer than 300,000 chimpanzees living in the wild. USAID Africa Bureau/Wikimedia Commons…


All Things Ape

Chelsea Horton , November 20th, 2020

One illustrator’s approach to conveying the multidimensional lives of apes with particular focus on their anatomy. *This essay includes scientific illustrations as well as descriptions of the observin…

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Why Are There So Many Humans?

Karen L. Kramer , June 9th, 2020

Savanna Pumé (hunter-gatherers in Venezuela) children, shown here building a house, learn to cooperate from a young age. Russell D. Greaves Something curious happened in human population …


Can an “Invasive Species” Earn the Right to Stay?

Emily Laber-Warren , June 2nd, 2020

Macaques sit near Florida’s Silver River. Rachel Simmons/Flickr Steve Johnson never thought he’d have to worry about death threats, not in his line of work. Johnson is a…


What Orangutans Taught Me About Motherhood

Faye Harwell , May 8th, 2020

[no-caption] Sascha Wenninger/Flickr The first time I saw wild orangutans, in Borneo back in 2017, it was a mother-infant pair that caught my eye. The mother, Bibi, had…


Animal Grief Shows We Aren’t Meant to Die Alone

Barbara J. King , April 22nd, 2020

A mother gorilla cradles her dead baby at a zoo in Germany in 2008. Rolf Wilms/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images As the SARS-CoV-2 virus rocks the world, a haunting aspect of…


Why Social Distancing Feels So Strange

George M. Leader , March 30th, 2020

People stand 6 feet apart while waiting in line for a store in Denver, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo/Stringer/Getty Images Around the world, millions of people are now practicing social…


Decolonizing Extinction: An Interview with Juno Salazar Parreñas

colinhoag , August 19th, 2019

Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation By Juno Salazar Parreñas, The Ohio State University 288pp. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. § Colin Hoag spoke with…


Does Your Microbiome Shape Your Friendships?

Lydia Denworth , August 7th, 2019

[no-caption] Sara López Gilabert/SAPIENS It is early morning on a wide plain in Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. With a small Dixie cup and a wooden tongue…


Decolonizing Primatology: Part I

Anthropology365 , November 19th, 2018

We all have texts that are formative in our academic, professional, spiritual, personal, mental, and philosophical lives. There are a few books that I can point to as…

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The Myth of Badass Sperm

Robert D. Martin , September 20th, 2018

This scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows healthy spermatozoa emerging from a cavity within the testis. Innerspace Imaging/Getty Images This article was originally published at Aeon. …


Why Can’t Apes Talk?

Jacob Dunn , September 7th, 2018

[no-caption] Science Photo Library/Getty Images This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. We all know that parrots can tal…


How Human Smarts Evolved

Douglas Fox , July 27th, 2018

[no-caption] Sara López Gilabert/SAPIENS Suzana Herculano-Houzel spent most of 2003 perfecting a macabre recipe—a formula for brain soup. Sometimes she froze the jiggly tissue in liquid n…


Chimpanzees Can’t Tell Us Much About Being Human

Agustin Fuentes , July 3rd, 2018

Do we gain insight by comparing President Trump to a chimpanzee? Can we learn something useful about gender-based violence among humans by studying other primates? Can observing chimpanzees…


Bonobos Spied Sharing a Feast

Nicola Jones , April 5th, 2018

Bonobos congregate around a male bonobo holding an African breadfruit to get a share of the meal. Barbara Fruth/LuiKotale Bonobo Project People are weird—at least compared to other…


Watching Ancient Hominins Giving Birth

Anna Goldfield , October 24th, 2017

The movies that Natalie Laudicina makes use the same software that helped create some of the biggest blockbuster hits of the last decade, but her movies won’t be…


Primate Vocalizations Are Much More Than Gibberish

Jay Schwartz , August 25th, 2017

Chimpanzees use alarm calls to inform each other of danger. Ronald Woan/Flickr A chimpanzee is strolling along a trail through the lush Budongo Forest in Uganda when he…


How Molecular Clocks Are Refining Human Evolution’s Timeline

Bridget Alex and Priya Moorjani , August 9th, 2017

Our cells have a built-in genetic clock, tracking time—but how accurately? Mauro Hiroshi Cannas/Flickr This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished u…


Is Violence Embedded in Our DNA?

Josh Gabbatiss , July 12th, 2017

Whether we take the perspective that evolutionary selection made humans prone to violence matters to our sense of ourselves. Are we born to be aggressive or peaceful? David…


Nature’s Most Creative Copulators

Agustin Fuentes , April 4th, 2017

For humans, sex is risky, socially complicated, and culturally loaded—but it’s almost always fun. David Williams Googling “sex” in 2016 yields approximately 3.34 billion results in 0.29 s…


New Study: 60 Percent of Primate Species Threatened With Extinction

Jo Setchell , February 8th, 2017

The Philippine tarsier, a small primate that is increasingly threatened by habitat destruction and the pet trade, is just one example of the many primates throughout the world…