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Earliest fossil primate discovered in China

June 9, 2013

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This week has been a very mixed bag of stories on the science desk. It began with a story about the HPV virus (Human Papillomavirus) and Michael Douglas’ throat cancer, which he claimed he developed through oral sex. Then came a study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which raised the “potential but […]

Mining by China Fuels Great Ape Trafficking from Guinea

November 7, 2012

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The extraction of Guinea’s large mineral wealth by China is being used as a smoke screen for the illegal trafficking of great apes from the continent say UN conservationists. As China continues to push its economic development, precious resources in some of the most remote corners of Guinea are being pumped out of the country […]

Interbreeding with a caveman has its advantages

August 22, 2011

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I’m battling to keep a cold at bay. I’ve taken on too may shifts back-to-back, not had enough sleep and despite dosing up on vitamin C and germ-killing pills, I’m not convinced it’s having an effect. Our ancestors on the other hand had an extremely novel way at avoiding illness –  having sex with a […]

North-South divide found in gibbons

February 10, 2011

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If music be the food of love, then gibbons will never go hungry. Renown for their duetting, researchers have discovered a rather human trait in the singing of these apes – they have different dialects according to where they live – and the divide between the northerners and southerners is the most pronounce. I can hear […]

Criminal gangs cash in on primate smuggling through Egypt

February 1, 2011

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Over the weekend a meeting held by conservationists from the UK and America took place at Chester Zoo. The event organised by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) North-West group, highlighted growing concerns that the number of endangered species being smuggled out of Africa, in particular primates, are being trafficked by international criminal gangs already involved […]

Wildlife Photography Awards

January 3, 2011

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The Natural History Museum in South Kensington has to be one of my favourite places to visit in London. I never tire of seeing the exhibits held within its magnificent walls. I still get a rush of excitement when I start to see the building as I bound up the tube station steps two-at-a-time onto […]