woolymonkey: (spidermonkey)
Wow! Meet Ida.



"New" fossil sheds light on earliest primates.

I wants more userpicses! I wantsss them!
woolymonkey: (Default)
From the wonderful Got Medieval, take a look at these pics of valiant and sophisticated monkeys fighting off a besieging army of incompetent foxes.

There's also a link to a monkey poop throwing game but I'm too grown up to try it out.  I have marking to do.

woolymonkey: (wtf?)
Dr Marina Davila Ross, from the University of Portsmouth and Professor Elke Zimmermann at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany, studied the play behaviour of 25 orang-utans aged between two and 12 at four primate centres around the world.

Dr Davila Ross commented: "What is clear now is the building blocks of positive emotional contagion and empathy that refer to rapid involuntary facial mimicry in humans evolved prior to humankind."

Hard to keep a straight face, isn't it?

News story and giggling orang pic here.

woolymonkey: (the wooly)
I just read a report here about female chimps trading sex for fruit:

Gives a whole new slant to the 'get 5 a day' campaign.

Oh dear.  This was going to be such a nice, clean, wholesome journal...

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