June 26, 2013 |
Following the recent federal decision to list captive chimpanzees as an endangered species, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it would retire the majority of the approximately 360 government-owned chimpanzees currently held in laboratories. The NIH will begin implementing most of the recommendations made by an advisory group that considered the findings of a 2011 Institute of Medicine study that concluded chimps were no longer crucial for most biomedical and behavioral research.
March 2, 1995 |
"I was born to study orangutans." So begins one chapter in the new book by BirutF. Galdikas, "Reflections of Eden: My Years With the Orangutans of Borneo." That sense of destiny pervades the autobiographical work, which intertwines details of Galdikas' life with glimpses of her 24 years studying the great apes of Indonesia. "I think that sometimes in life, several different threads come together" and point the way to a path in life, she said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.
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April 19, 2000
Sherwood Larned Washburn, 88, a UC Berkeley primatologist who studied the evolution of human behavior by observing monkeys and apes. A popular teacher whose lectures earned standing ovations, Washburn taught anthropology at Berkeley from 1958 until his retirement in 1978 and was among a handful named "university professor" of the entire nine-campus system. Earlier he had taught at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, and in 1969 was named a trustee of Stanford University.
July 28, 1996
The Denver Zoo opens one of the world's largest primate facilities Tuesday, including one of the country's biggest outdoor habitats for the endangered lowland gorilla. The $14-million facility, called Primate Panorama, has five acres of natural habitats for 29 primate species--Old and New World monkeys, lemurs and great apes such as the orangutans (pictured above right). One acre is set aside for a family of four lowland gorillas.
May 14, 1985 |
The U.S. affiliate of the World Wildlife Fund announced a $1-million fund-raising campaign Monday aimed at saving primates--the monkeys, apes and other animals that are the closest relatives of humans--from extinction around the world. Of the 200 primate species, 67 are threatened and 26 "could be extinct by the end of the century if something isn't done," Russell A. Mittermeier, director of primate programs for World Wildlife Fund-U.S., told a news conference.
March 11, 1990 |
Since it first appeared in 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic adventure-fantasy and its 22 sequels have sold more than 30 million copies in 58 languages. It's interesting to compare the original to the countless films, rip-offs and spoofs it's inspired. "Tarzan of the Apes" was Burroughs' first novel: The dialogue is often hokey and the story line more than a little improbable.
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November 9, 1997
Calling someone "birdbrain" is not as insulting as you might think. New research suggests that parrots, like chimps and dolphins, are capable of mastering complex intellectual concepts that children cannot handle until age 5. Pet experts gathering in Chicago on Friday for an American Veterinary Assn. forum believe the parrot's intelligence is why the bird has grown faster in popularity than any other pet over the past decade.
August 21, 2013 |
Although our human ancestors climbed down from the trees millions of years ago, our feet have retained the type of flexibility seen in today's tree-dwelling primates, new research shows. For about 80 years at least, scientists have been under the impression that human feet are special. Studies comparing human and chimpanzee footprints in the 1930s suggested that human feet were much stiffer than those of other apes. Humans have arches in the mid-foot region, as well as rigid outer edges, leading scientists to conclude that our mid-foot regions weren't capable of touching the ground, unlike those of our ape relatives.