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Chimpanzee "nests" reveal when hominids first left the trees [Monkey News]

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When a chimpanzee goes to sleep, it first has to build a "nest", which allows it to sleep safely up in the trees. Strangely, chimpanzees also build nests when sleeping on the ground, which might reveal a secret about human evolution. More »
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Genetic diversity in chimpanzees reveal just how closely related humans really are [Monkey News]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (3 years ago)

There are four genetically distinct chimpanzee populations, all found in two relatively small regions of Africa. And yet these populations, which are sometimes less than a mile apart, are more genetically diverse than humans that li... Read Post

Chimpanzee yawning could explain human empathy [Monkey News]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (4 years ago)

Just like humans, chimpanzees yawn when they're bored or sleepy, and they also yawn contagiously when they see another chimp do it. That discovery could help unlock the secrets of human empathy. More » Read Post

Chimpanzee ground nests offer new insight into our ancestors descent from the trees

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (3 years ago)

The first study into rarely documented ground-nest building by wild chimpanzees offers new clues about the ancient transition of early hominins from sleeping in trees to sleeping on the ground. While most apes build nests in trees, ... Read Post


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