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May 4, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Veronica Renov vacationed in Costa Rica in March, staying at the Hostel Plinio near Manuel Antonio National Park. She had heard that monkeys occasionally pass by the hostel on their way up a nearby hill. On Renov's last day, she saw 40 to 50 monkeys in transit. "I was very excited!" she said. "They were crossing the main street in town via telephone lines and a special rope set up for just this purpose. " The Los Angeles resident photographed the primates with her iPhone 4. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
June 12, 2013 | By Julie Cart and Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday proposed extending tough new protections for chimpanzees in captivity, a shift that would place strict limits on primates' role as human surrogates in biomedical research. In reclassifying chimps as endangered, the agency would put new requirements on the declining number of scientists who rely on chimpanzees to devise vaccines for infectious diseases, develop treatments for cancers and autoimmune diseases, and investigate ways to block dangerous pathogens that might jump from primates to humans.
April 17, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Jane Goodall was clearly out of her element recently when she walked the red carpet for the premiere of a new film. After all, the conservationist has spent much of the last 50 years in the wilds of Africa studying primates. But this was no mere movie, and the title alone explains why it brought Goodall, 78, to a red carpet in Orlando, Fla. Disneynature's "Chimpanzee" opens in theaters Friday, giving the world a breathtaking glimpse into the lives of a family of chimps in the Tai Forest National Park in Africa's Ivory Coast.
October 17, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Grown chimpanzees can't resist the power of a yawn, even if it comes from humans. That's the result of a study involving orphaned chimpanzees rescued from Africa's illegal bush meat trade. Elainie Madsen, an evolutionary psychologist from Sweden's Lund University, yawned and made other faces at the chimps at the Takugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone. She found that only the grown chimps appear to develop a contagion for yawning, just as humans do. Very young chimps didn't imitate the yawns or control gestures -- gaping and nose wiping -- made by Madsen and the chimps' caretaker at the sanctuary.
April 13, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
A team of researchers has deciphered the genome of the rhesus macaque, one of the most widely used primates in medical research because it is susceptible to many of the diseases that attack humans. Coming two years after the sequencing of the chimpanzee genome, the feat, reported today in the journal Science, provides new insight into what makes humans human.
February 25, 1991 | Times science writer Thomas H. Maugh II reports from the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Washington
The ability to make and use tools has long been thought to be a key feature that distinguishes humans from other animals. New results, however, suggest that chimpanzees can probably learn to use tools as easily as early humans did. Anthropologists Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick of Indiana University studied Kanzi, a well-studied chimpanzee at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Georgia.
March 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
A team of doctors led by a veterinary surgeon operated on a 20-year-old female gorilla to repair a grapefruit-size hernia that could have been life threatening. A Denver Zoo spokesman said the 214-pound lowland gorilla, Bibi, was awake and hungry after the operation Wednesday.
March 26, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
A field biologist who trudged through a soggy, leech-infested forest in search of a long-lost relative of humans and apes returned with malaria, blood poisoning and the first photographs of an animal no scientist had ever seen alive. The sighting of the hairy-eared dwarf lemur in Madagascar was made by Bernhard Meier of Ruhr University in Bochum, West Germany, and has been described as one of the most important rediscoveries of a mammal in the last decade.
February 15, 1988 | Compiled by Times Science Writer Thomas Maugh II from research presented at the meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Boston last week
Among primates, making peace is as natural as making war, according to a primatologist from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. This behavior indicates that mechanisms to alleviate tension in human relationships evolved together with aggression, said Frans B. M. de Waal. "Most animal behavior is explained in terms of a struggle for existence and animals are depicted as very competitive and very selfish," de Waal said.
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