Browsing All posts tagged under »humans«

Great Apes Summit – Disease in apes and humans

September 23, 2013

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Genetic similarities between great apes and humans leaves both susceptible to deadly diseases. It’s a dilemma which is exacerbated by human encroachment, bushmeat hunting and illegal trade. I spoke to Dr Gladys Kalema Zikusoka and Dr Dominic Travis to ask them how do we protect both populations. Advertisements

Great apes have midlife crises too

November 20, 2012

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The midlife crisis cliché is not uniquely human because our primate cousins go through the same emotions. A team of international researchers have found that dissatisfaction in midlife may have evolved in our common ancestors rather than just from the stresses of modern life. The well-being of 508 captive great apes from around the world […]

Chimpanzees appear to know what’s on their friends’ minds

January 5, 2012

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The other day the Northerner and I were walking home from the tube and I shouted out as I thought he was about to cross the road into the path of an on-coming bus turning the corner. As it happens the bus stopped on the bend because the lights were red. But my “alarm” call […]

No man is an island….unless you’re a 30-something with loads of homework

November 29, 2011

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                Humans are social animals. I used to be a ‘social butterfly’…..but my socialising has regressed so much since my postgrad started I’ve retreated into my cocoon and barely see daylight. Tonight however I’ve been coaxed out with the offer of good food, wine and a gossip with […]

Apple founder dies, but do primates mourn their leaders?

October 6, 2011

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This morning I woke up and one of the first messages on my blackberry was from a friend Hermes – news that Steve Jobs had died. I’m not iPhone girl, all that finger swiping and touch screen malarkey sends shivers down my OCD spine!! However I was so very sad to hear that Mr Jobs, […]

When life imitates art

September 24, 2011

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  It’s not often when life imitates art, but these fabulous pictures of a crested black macaque taken in Indonesia bear a striking resemblance to Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. The pictures were shot beside a lake at Tangkoko National Park on the island of Sulawesi.     Karsten Wrobel who took the photographs of the […]

Can childhood stress lead to behavioural problems?

August 21, 2011

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Yesterday I was deployed to Birmingham to report on how West Midlands Police faced gun fire from a masked-gang of 30 youths during an organised attack in the area of Aston earlier this month. The chief constable I interviewed, told me he believed this group, which had four handguns, had every intention of injuring or […]