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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.
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.
August 12, 2008 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Chimps do it. Gorillas do it. Michael Phelps does it too. The exuberant dance of victory -- arms thrust toward the sky and chest puffed out at a defeated opponent -- turns out to be an instinctive trait of all primates -- humans included, according to research released Monday.
February 18, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Strong support for the controversial theory that modern humans originated in Africa about 100,000 years ago and spread from there through Europe and Asia has been provided by a team headed by UCLA molecular biologist Verne N. Schumaker. The researchers studied the evolution of a protein that is the primary component of the low-density lipoproteins that transport cholesterol through the blood stream.
May 4, 1985 | MARIA L. LA GANGA, Times Staff Writer
The monkey house was cool, dark and quiet on Friday afternoon. The only sounds were the wind rustling the palm fronds on trees behind the building and the tinkling of a nearby fountain. Min-Min and Rong-Rong, two rare Chinese golden monkeys on loan from the Chengdu Zoo in the Szechwan province of China, napped at the top of a mammoth tan jungle gym in their glass enclosure. Then the crowds came. "Why they don't wanna play?"
January 7, 1996 | Steven Smith, Steven Smith is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Move over John Travolta, Hollywood has a new comeback tale--or, more accurately, tail. On movie screens, at least, 1995 was the year of the monkey, with primates grabbing a surprising share of roles--and branching out with starring parts in two 1996 titles. Whether sinister ("Outbreak"), homicidal ("Congo"), computer-generated ("Jumanji") or comic ("Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"), simians have rarely left the multiplex since last spring.
About 30 years ago, noted anthropologist Louis Leakey sent the first of three women to Africa and Asia to study primates in the wild. By learning how the primates lived and interacted, he hoped to find important clues to the lives of the first humans that would flesh out the skeletal picture provided by his own excavation of fossils in the Olduvai Gorge of Tanzania. In 1960, he sent Jane Goodall, then a naive 26-year-old with no college degree, to Tanzania.
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.
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