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In the News: Evolution and Color Vision

The colors a species can perceive is dictated by the types and number of visual pigments found in the retina. How might our color vision system have evolved?

Apr 13th, 2009 | Comments Off

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In the News: Primate Planning

A chimp named Santino at a Swedish zoo seems to be forcing a more nuanced picture of what types of anticipation and planning our closest relatives are capable of.

Apr 7th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: The Science Behind Why Chimps Are Not Pets

Researcher Brian Hare is an advocate for eliminating the chimpanzee pet trade. In the wake of the chimp attack, Brian explains the science behind his stance.

Mar 6th, 2009 | 2 comments

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In the News: Nobel Conference – Who Were the First Humans?

Gustavus Adolphus College hosted a conference last October focused squarely on the idea of “The Human Spark.” We've met with many of the speakers.

Feb 24th, 2009 | 2 comments

Spark Blog: Video: North Carolina Through the Looking Glass

Larry Engel discusses the challenges and joys of filming Alan with the chimps at the North Carolina Zoo.

Jan 16th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Alan Alda Meets the Chimps

We went to the North Carolina Zoo to meet the chimpanzees -- and evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare. Here's what happened...

Dec 19th, 2008 | 1 comment

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In The News: Bonobos Are Not Hippie Chimps

In an article in the journal Current Biology researchers describe directly observing bonobos hunting not just small forest creatures but other primates as well.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 2 comments

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In the News: Why Your Voice Is Quieter Than an Orangutan’s

All great apes, including humans, have vocal tract air sacs that they use to call out loud. Ours have evolved to be smaller than the other apes’, leaving them with louder voices.

Aug 25th, 2008 | Comments Off

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In the News: Rethinking the Boundaries of “Human Rights”

There are big differences between apes and humans, but we do share the majority of our DNA and other characteristics. Should some "human rights" extend to our great ape cousins?

Aug 16th, 2008 | Comments Off

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Can Apes Really Talk?

This video presents a reporter's visit to the Great Ape Trust, where apes communicate with researchers with a lexigram. But is this really language?

Aug 6th, 2008 | Comments Off
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