Dunbar’s Number Debunked: You Can Have More Than 150 Friends

A new study questions that figure, known as Dunbar’s number. The Oxford professor for whom it is named, Robin Dunbar, dismissed the findings as “absolutely bonkers.”

#biology-letters-journal, #friendship, #monkeys-and-apes, #research, #robin-dunbar, #stockholm-university

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Why Do Humans Feed So Many Animals?

Researchers want to learn more about the connections between humans and the feeding of birds, beasts and other fauna.

#animal-behavior, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #birds, #cats, #delhi-india, #dogs, #great-britain, #isotopes, #monkeys-and-apes, #pet-foods, #pets, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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Meet the Other Social Influencers of the Animal Kingdom

Culture, once considered exclusive to humans, turns out to be widespread in nature.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #monkeys-and-apes, #science-journal, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #zambia

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Future Vaccines Depend on Test Subjects in Short Supply: Monkeys

The pandemic has highlighted the United States’ dependence on China for research animals, reviving calls for a “strategic monkey reserve.”

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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When Covid Spread to Gorillas

Humans are spreading the coronavirus to other animals. What does that mean for all of us?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #minks-animals, #monkeys-and-apes

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Tiny Blobs of Brain Cells Could Reveal How Your Mind Differs From a Neanderthal’s

Researchers grew clusters of brain cells in the lab with a gene carried by our ancient ancestors.

#brain, #evolution-biology, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #monkeys-and-apes, #neanderthal-man, #research, #your-feed-science

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Lethal Chimp Disease Is Linked to Newly Identified Bacteria

Deaths at a Sierra Leone sanctuary that stumped people for 15 years have now been linked to a bacterium that seems to cause similar ailments in humans.

#bacteria, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #monkeys-and-apes, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #sierra-leone, #tacugama-chimpanzee-sanctuary-sierra-leone, #veterinary-medicine, #wildlife-die-offs, #your-feed-science

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Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ Is Charged With Illegal Animal Sales

Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, who runs an exotic animal ranch, illegally sold rare monkeys, prosecutors said.

#alabama, #animals, #california, #florida, #monkeys-and-apes, #nevada, #new-york-times, #south-carolina, #united-states, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Gorillas at Zoo in San Diego Test Positive for Coronavirus

“Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well,” said Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #monkeys-and-apes, #san-diego-calif, #san-diego-zoo

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After Bars and Beaches, Gibbons Await a New Home in Thailand

The small apes were once widespread across much of Asia. But rampant deforestation and ruthless hunting of the acrobatic animal has greatly reduced its numbers and its habitat.

#animals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #monkeys-and-apes, #thailand, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Could a Blood Test Show if a Covid-19 Vaccine Works?

A new monkey study offers a ray of hope for speeding up clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccines.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #monkeys-and-apes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Covid Infections in Animals Prompt Scientific Concern

Mink in Denmark are not the only animals that could become reservoirs for the coronavirus to spread new mutations to people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #minks-animals, #monkeys-and-apes, #tufts-university, #university-of-calgary, #university-of-wisconsin, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-healthcare

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No Grumpy Old Men in the Chimp World

Older male chimps follow a pattern that researchers also see in humans, preferring to have positive relationships with a few good friends.

#age-chronological, #animal-behavior, #arizona-state-university, #dar-es-salaam-tanzania, #friendship, #goodall-jane, #harvard-university, #machanda-zarin-p, #monkeys-and-apes, #rosati-alexandra-g, #science-journal, #tufts-university, #uganda, #university-of-michigan, #your-feed-science

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U.S. Lab Chimps Stuck in Retirement Limbo

Activists and some congressional lawmakers are demanding that the N.I.H. reconsider its refusal to move 39 chimpanzees from a research center to a sanctuary.

#alamogordo-primate-facility, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #chimp-haven, #collins-francis-s, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #your-feed-science

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Here are the Best Animal Livestreams

Research shows that watching footage of them can make you happier, so here’s a list of round-the-clock camera footage that will bring koalas, penguins and puppies straight to your screen.

#animals, #aquariums, #bears, #computers-and-the-internet, #dogs, #elephants, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-diego-zoo, #smithsonian-national-zoological-park, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #zoos

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Why Male Baboons Benefit From Female Friends

These male monkeys lived longer if they socialized with females, with or without benefits.

#animal-behavior, #friendship, #kenya, #monkeys-and-apes, #philosophical-transactions-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Pandemic, from the Coronavirus’s Perspective

The career of the coronavirus so far is, in Darwinian terms, a great success story.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #aristotle, #bats, #caves-and-caverns, #cell-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #evolution-biology, #fauci-anthony-s, #hahn-beatrice-h, #monkeys-and-apes, #plague, #rats, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #worobey-michael-g-1970

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Answering the Many Questions About ‘The One and Only Ivan’

The new Disney+ film about a talented gorilla might leave you wondering about the real great ape that inspired the story. We have answers.

#monkeys-and-apes, #movies, #sharrock-thea, #the-one-and-only-ivan-movie

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Why Chimp Moms Flock to Caves on the Savanna

When forests and woodlands don’t provide a respite from the heat, these primates find cooling centers in their arid landscape.

#breastfeeding, #caves-and-caverns, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #heatstroke, #international-journal-of-primatology, #monkeys-and-apes, #research, #senegal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 Vaccine Protects Monkeys, Study Finds

It’s the second study in a week to report promising results in monkeys for a vaccine candidate. But the real test will come with human trials that are now underway.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #monkeys-and-apes, #nature-journal, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Test in Monkeys Shows Promise

This coronavirus vaccine developed by government researchers and Moderna enabled the animals to quickly clear the infection from their lungs.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moderna-inc, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-institute-of-allergy-and-infectious-diseases, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccine-journal, #your-feed-healthcare

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These Monkeys Were Once Revered. Now They Are Taking Over.

The monkeys of Lopburi, Thailand, were once a draw for tourists and pilgrims who would feed them. But with few recent visitors, the monkeys are getting hungry — and aggressive.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lopburi-thailand, #monkeys-and-apes, #thailand

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How We Get Stronger

Weight training prompts changes in the nervous system that prime the muscles to get bigger and stronger.

#exercise, #isabel-glover, #journal-of-neuroscience, #monkeys-and-apes, #muscles, #nerves-and-nervous-system, #newcastle-university, #reptiles, #research, #stuart-baker, #weight-lifting

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A ‘Cure for Heart Disease’? A Single Shot Succeeds in Monkeys

A novel gene-editing experiment seems to have permanently reduced LDL and triglyceride levels in monkeys.

#cholesterol, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #heart, #international-society-for-stem-cell-research, #kathiresan-sekar, #monkeys-and-apes, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #triglycerides

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Four Poachers Arrested After Killing of Rare Silverback Gorilla in Uganda

The silverback, known as Rafiki, was killed by a poacher with a spear, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority. He was the leader of the famed Nkuringo gorilla group, which has been popular with tourists for decades.

#african-wildlife-foundation, #fossey-dian-gorilla-fund, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #poaching-wildlife, #uganda

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Prototype Vaccines Protect Monkeys From Coronavirus

A series of animal experiments may point the way to an effective human vaccine, scientists said.

#antibodies, #beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center, #boston-mass, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-institutes-of-health, #science-journal, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus Puts Captive Orangutans’ Return to the Wild on Hold

If one ape in the forest is infected, a whole population could be wiped out, experts say. So orangutans in Indonesia’s rehabilitation centers are staying where they are.

#borneo-indonesia, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #monkeys-and-apes, #sumatra-indonesia

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Animal Viruses Are Jumping to Humans. Forest Loss Makes It Easier.

New research from Stanford University holds lessons for a world reeling from the coronavirus and searching for ways to avert the next global pandemic.

#amazon-jungle, #bloomfield-laura, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #monkeys-and-apes, #stanford-university, #uganda, #viruses

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