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Sexual competition drives evolution of a sex-related gene
...pulates with one male in a fertile period (such as gorillas
and gibbons); those in which females copulate highly promiscuously (such as chimpanzees and macaques); and those in which mating practices fall somewhere in between (such as orangutans where a female will copulate with the dominant male, but may also...
New fossil may be closest yet to ancestor of all great apes
...t apes, which now include orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas
and humans, are thought to have diverged from the lesser apes, a group that contains modern gibbons and siamangs, about 11 to 16 million years ago. Fossil evidence from this time period, the middle Miocene epoch, is sparse, however, and researche...
Gorillas in the midst of extinction
...d's 700 remaining mountain gorillas. The other 320 gorillas
reside in the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National ...ackward. In a race against time for the mountain gorillas
and many other species indigenous to these natural areas, scientists at the Woods Hole Research Cent...
Population of rare gorillas may be increasing in war-torn Congo
...nd of park guards who have heroically defended the gorillas
and their rainforest home in eastern Democratic Re...CS project director Innocent Liengola, counted 168 gorillas
living in the mountain highlands of Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Most encouragingly, a number of the...
Gorilla diet tips -- Have we 'evolved to eat mush'?
...The results of a nine-year field study of mountain gorillas
living with chimps in Uganda offer intriguing new ... have left many laypeople with the impression that gorillas
are docile, cow-like creatures who favor leaves, while meaty foods are left to high-energy chimps. F...
Oldest fossil human protein ever sequenced
...quences from living primates (humans, chimpanzees, gorillas
and orangutans). The team found that the Neanderth...s, humans, chimpanzees and orangutans from that of gorillas
and most other mammals. This sequence difference is at position nine where the amino acid hydroxypro...
Ebola virus: from wildlife to dogs
...known, but from infected carcasses of chimpanzees, gorillas
and certain forest antelopes. Results have come from work conducted over the past several years by IRD scientists and their partners (1) to shed light on the virus's propagation paths. The discovery of Ebola virus antibodies in several species of non...
Satellite maps will ease plight of endangered mountain gorillas
...oject to chart the habitats of endangered mountain gorillas
with satellites came to a fruitful finish in Paris...n out gorilla eco-tourism." Less than 700 mountain gorillas
remain alive, found in highland forests that straddle the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC...
Poaching, logging, and outbreaks of Ebola threaten central African gorillas and chimpanzees
...ination of natural and man-made threats is killing gorillas
and chimpanzees in Central Africa, and experts say...le to establish precise population figures for the gorillas
and chimpanzees, they determined that recent Ebola outbreaks, bushmeat hunting and logging have almo...
Ethical and scientific guidelines for study of captive great apes
...DNA. Indeed, the great apes chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas
and orangutans are now grouped with humans in the family Hominidae. Their close kinship to us makes them interesting to scientists, and research institutions, sanctuaries, zoos, private owners and the entertainment industry together house more than ...
Photos reveal first tool usage in wild gorillas
...er, scientists have observed and photographed wild gorillas
using tools, in one instance employing a stick to ... of other species. Seeing it for the first time in gorillas
is important on many different levels." According to the study published in the open acc...
Charting the path of the deadly Ebola virus in central Africa
...most parks containing large populations of western gorillas
in 36 years. Two Ebola outbreaks have already hit human populations west of Odzala, and over the past two years, the largest gorilla and chimp populations in the world, found in Odzala, have been devastated--the disease is spreading to the last unaff...
Evolution study tightens human-chimp connection
...chimps are to the other two species of great apes gorillas
and orangutans. They also found that humans evolve... at the genetic level is much slower than that of gorillas
and orangutans, with the evolution of humans being the slowest of all. As species branch off along ...
Protecting endangered species helps reduce poverty
Saving endangered species like pandas, gorillas
and tigers helps reduce poverty and improve the lives of local communities, according to a new World Wildlife Fund report. Now as the eighth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity opens today in Curitiba, Brazil, WWF urge...
Gorilla susceptibility to Ebola virus: the cost of sociality
By monitoring a large population of gorillas
during an Ebola outbreak in the rain forest of the...e major threats to the survival of western lowland gorillas
(Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) in this region. However, the...
Apes -- not monkeys -- ace IQ tests
...rly the great apes -- orangutans, chimpanzees, and gorillas
which performed much better than monkeys and prosimians. "The fact that great apes performed better than other primates in these laboratory tasks is reassuring," said Carel van Schaik, Ph.D., a study co-author and director of the Anthropological I...
Republic of Congo announces two massive protected areas
..., crocodiles, and some of the highest densities of gorillas
on earth. The announcement was made by Minister Henri Djombo and officials from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at the United Nations. "We are delighted that the Republic of Congo continues to take a leadership role in safe...
Wild gorillas carriers of a SIV virus close to the AIDS virus
... of faeces collected from different communities of gorillas
found in the remotest areas of the Cameroon tropic...teristics of the virus were present again in three gorillas
living more than 400 km apart. Phylogenetic analysis of SIVgor showed it to be related to HIV-1 grou...
Ebola-outbreak kills 5000 gorillas
...st showed that 93% (221 of 238) individually known gorillas
at the Lossi Sanctuary in northwest Congo were kil...asible than previously appreciated. At Lossi, most gorillas
appeared not to be infected directly from some reservoir host, as previously assumed. Rather, initia...
Project to intensify agricultural production in Great Lakes -- Africa's most impoverished region
...parks and reserves, including habitats of mountain gorillas
and other endangered wildlife and plants. The region is the watershed for the Nile and Congo, two of the world's greatest rivers. Rapid deforestation and soil "mining," or depletion of plant nutrients, have caused severe soil erosion and decreased ...