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Disease Transmission – Day 5

March 11, 2012

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It rained quite hard last night and the drumming on the roof drowned out the forest calls and I slept soundly. I felt fully recharged and I had expected to start my field work officially today, but everyone in camp was asked to attend a one-day talk by the resident vet, Dr Carol. The issues […]

Old faces and new faces – Day 3 Kampala

March 4, 2012

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Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the species of bird in my last post – for those still in the dark they were marabous. Now stop with the emails already! So today the Wee Bern and I shared a cab into Kampala. I waved goodbye to the staff at The Boma and vowed to […]

Project Nim – Review

August 26, 2011

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They did things differently in the 70’s. So much so that no one batted an eye-lid when a professor from Columbia University wrenched an infant chimpanzee from his mother, to give to his former lover to raise as a human child in New York City, as a language experiment. Meet Nim. Nim Chimpsky was considered […]

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 […]

Prequel to Planet of the Apes is a visual effects masterpiece

August 12, 2011

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I have been chopping at the bit ever since I heard Rise of The Planet of the Apes was out this summer. Its release this week in the UK couldn’t have been more timely following the rioting and looting in various cities up and down the country. Although the film centres around the untamed side […]

Chimp recognises distorted speech

July 12, 2011

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The notion that language evolved only in the human lineage has long been attributed to the linguist, Noam Chomsky. He argued that mankind had a special “language organ” unique to us which did not exist in any other animal. This idea has been challenged over the years by a number of researchers who argue that […]

To boldly go where no primate has been before

May 28, 2011

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Exactly 52 years ago today mankind decided to boldly go where no man had been before. Except it wasn’t man who embarked on this mission but his nearest cousin. During the 1950’s astronauts still hadn’t travelled beyond the earth’s atmosphere. There were concerns among scientists about the effects of prolonged weightlessness; and so began the […]