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Almost Human
In this article from National Geographic magazine, learn about the Fongoli chimps of Senegal, a tool-wielding group of primates that researchers believe may shed light on human evolution.

Living Links
The Living Links Center at Emory University seeks to shed light on human behavioral evolution by studying our primate relatives. On its Web site, learn about current research, browse an audio and video library, download academic publications, and more.

Great Ape Trust of Iowa
The Great Ape Trust of Iowa is a leading center for the study and conservation of great apes. Find detailed information on members of the ape family, download podcasts, view video clips, and much more.

Chimpanzee Central
The Jane Goodall Institute offers a wealth of information on chimpanzee physiology, habitat, and behavior, as well as chimpanzee research and conservation efforts.

Great Apes Survival Project
The Great Apes Survival Project Partnership is a U.N. program working to stop the threat of extinction faced by gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans in the wild. On its Web site, find information on current conservation projects, photo galleries, links to online donation pages, and more.

Great Ape Action Fund
On this Web site from the Great Ape Action Fund, read articles on bonobo conservation efforts and find information on great apes in the wild.

Friends of Bonobos
Learn about Lola Ya Bonobo, a bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo that studies and cares for over 50 of these intelligent primates.

Great Ape Culture
This NPR feature examines some of the research on cultural behavior in orangutans, including vocalizations and culture-specific orangutan tools.

Hello Felix!
Derek Lyons, a developmental psychologist completing his doctorate at Yale University, maintains this informative Web site on his research with imitative learning in chimpanzees and children. Read articles on his field, browse blog posts, or join a discussion forum on the way kids think and learn.


Our Inner Ape
by Frans de Waal. Riverhead Books, 2005.

The Evolution of Thought: Evolutionary Origins of Great Ape Intelligence
by Anne Russon and David Begun. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Origins of Intelligence: The Evolution of Cognitive Development in Monkeys, Apes, and Humans
by Sue Taylor Parker and Michael McKinney. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Related NOVA Content

The Last Great Ape
An expedition into the Congo examines one of our closest living relatives, the peace-loving bonobo.

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