April 12, 2012 |
Baboons don't read, don't speak and perhaps can't understand language at all. But scientists have found that they can learn to recognize writing on a computer screen, identifying correctly most of the time which combinations of letters are words ("done," "vast") and which are not ("telk," "virt"). The discovery may help explain how reading evolved in humans, researchers said, bolstering a theory that the skill first arose from animals' ability to distinguish objects, rather than from the uniquely human demands of verbal communication.
July 15, 2011 |
Think it's easy at the top? Turns out chasing females, putting down underlings and generally maintaining one's social status can be very stressful. If you're a baboon, that is. A nine-year study tracking five troops in Kenya found that the top-ranked alpha males had more stress than the second-place beta males. In fact, the top dog — er, baboon — was just as on-edge as those unfortunate primates at the bottom of the totem pole. "Being at the top may not be all it's cracked up to be," said Thore Bergman, a biological psychologist at the University of Michigan who was not involved in the study.
May 23, 2010 |
After three days of tracking wildlife in one of the world's best-known game preserves, I'd seen thousands of animals, including baby baboons so small they would fit into the palm of my hand and massive cape buffalo. I was disappointed nonetheless. The only elephants I had seen were in the distance, lumbering across the open plains. "Don't worry; you'll see more," said the guide who had organized my game drives through Serengeti National Park, the oldest wildlife preserve in the central East African nation of Tanzania.
November 18, 2009 |
The villages of Botswana are full of music. Gospel music. Choral music. The singsong repetitive music of rote classroom learning. But not opera, until now. As a small girl in the village of Ramotswa, Tshenolo Segokgo learned to sing in a church choir. She grew up and moved to the capital, Gabarone, for vocal lessons. Then one day in 2004, her music teacher put on an opera CD. "It felt like it was angels singing," she recalls. :: Five years later, on a purple African night, operatic strains rise from a white, corrugated-iron shed in the bush.
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October 17, 2006 |
Jeff Getty, an AIDS patient and activist who in 1995 received the first baboon-to-human bone marrow transplant in an effort to prolong his life, died Oct. 9. He was 49. Getty died of cardiac arrest at HiDesert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, Calif., his longtime partner Kenneth Klueh said Monday. He had been a resident of Joshua Tree for the last four years. Getty was 38 when he elected to have the bone marrow of a baboon infused into his body. Surgery was performed Dec.
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March 31, 2006
March 31, 1931: About 10 a.m., a dark gray baboon, 4 feet tall, weighing about 100 pounds, broke the lock on its cage at the monkey farm near the end of the Venice Pier. "Maddened by the taste of human blood, its sharp teeth slashing a way through a terrified crowd of pleasure seekers ... a giant baboon attacked two women, a man and a boy ... singling them out of the crowd and cornering them before leaping at them to inflict ugly wounds with teeth and claws," The Times reported.