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Chimpanzees Plan Their Breakfast Time, Type and Location to Acquire Sufficient Food Intake

October 28, 2014

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Chimpanzees Plan Their Breakfast Time and Location

New research from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows that wild chimpanzees plan their breakfast time, type and location when food supplies are short. How do our close relatives, the chimpanzees, acquire sufficient food when times are lean? By studying wild chimpanzees in the Taï National Park in Côte d’Ivoire researchers of the […]

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Chimps Engage in Violent Behavior Regardless of Human Effects on Local Ecology

September 19, 2014

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Study Shows Deadly Violence a Natural Tendency in Chimps

Using data collected from 18 chimpanzee research sites, a newly published study shows that chimps engage in violent and sometimes lethal behavior regardless of human effects on local ecology. For decades, scientists studying chimpanzees in the wild have noted the ways our closest relatives are similar to humans — they form tightly knit social groups, […]

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Discovery Reveals That Neanderthals Were the First in Europe to Make Specialized Bone Tools

August 13, 2013

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Neandertals Made the First Specialized Bone Tools in Europe

A new discovery in southwest France reveals that Neanderthals were the first in Europe to make standardized and specialized bone tools. Two research teams from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands have jointly reported the discovery of Neanderthal bone tools coming from their […]

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DNA Study Reveals Clues about Primate Evolution

July 17, 2013

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New DNA Study Reveals Clues about Factors That Shaped Primate Evolution

In a new DNA study, an international team of scientists reveal clues to human and ape evolution, finding that the evolutionary history of ancestral great ape populations was far more complex than that of humans. A massive effort to catalog the genetic variation in humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans has helped researchers piece together a […]

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Attractive Bonobo Females Are More Likely to Win Conflicts Against Males

July 15, 2013

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Attractive Females Are More likely to Win Conflicts Against Males

In a new study, evolutionary anthropologists reveal that attractive bonobo females are more likely to win conflicts against males. Female social dominance over males is rare among mammal species. Bonobos, one of our closest living relatives, are known for females holding relatively high social statuses when compared to males; though this is puzzling as the […]

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New Study Links Expanding Human Population to Threats of Animal Extinction

June 19, 2013

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Outlook Grim for Animals as Human Population Grows

A newly published study paints a grim outlook for the future of certain mammals and birds, suggesting that the average growing nation should expect at least 3.3 percent more threatened species in the next decade and an increase of 10.8 percent species threatened with extinction by 2050. Columbus, Ohio – The ongoing global growth in […]

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Cosmic Impact Sparked Devastating Climate Change, Caused Mass Extinctions

May 21, 2013

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Research Shows How Cosmic Impact Sparked Devastating Climate Change

A newly published study reveals evidence of a major cosmic event near the end of the Ice Age, detailing how a cosmic impact sparked climate change that caused mass extinctions. Herds of wooly mammoths once shook the earth beneath their feet, sending humans scurrying across the landscape of prehistoric Ohio. But then something much larger […]

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Ancient DNA Reveals the First Detailed Genetic History of Modern Europe

April 24, 2013

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The First Detailed Genetic History of Modern Europe

An international team of researchers used ancient DNA to reconstruct the first high-resolution genetic record of modern European lineages through time, observing both human DNA evolving in ‘real-time’ and the dramatic population changes that have taken place in Europe. Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7500 years old […]

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Scientists Reconstruct the Ancestor of Placental Mammals

February 12, 2013

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Ancestor of Placental Mammals

More than twenty scientists collaborated on a recently published study that reconstructed the ancestor of placental mammals. The common ancestor of more than 5,000 contemporary placental mammals such as rats, whales, and humans was a small, insect-eating animal that appeared after the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, an international team of researchers report […]

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400,000 Year Old Fossil Helps Shed New Light on Human Evolution

February 11, 2013

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Fossil From the Balkans Sheds New Light on Human Evolution

A nearly 400,000 year old human fossil discovered in a Serbian cave is helping scientists shed new light on human evolution. Winnipeg, MB – A fossil fragment of a human lower jaw recovered from a Serbian cave is the oldest human ancestor found in this part of Europe. The newly obtained radiometric date of the […]

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Ancient DNA Reveals Link between Early Humans & Present-Day Asians and Native Americans

January 22, 2013

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Humans Living 40000 Years Ago in Beijing Are Related to Many Present Day Asians and Native Americans

Analyses of ancient DNA, which had been extracted from the leg bone of an early modern human living some 40,000 years ago near Beijing, revealed that this early modern human was related to the ancestors of many present-day Asians and Native Americans. An international team of researchers including Svante Pääbo and Qiaomei Fu of the […]

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Gene Flow Between Indian Populations and Australia Occurred 4,000 Years Ago

January 15, 2013

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A newly published study led by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found evidence that substantial gene flow between Indian populations and Australia occurred about 4,000 years ago. Australia is thought to have remained largely isolated between its initial colonization around 40,000 years ago and the arrival of Europeans in the late […]

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