Research Suggests Altruism Doesn’t Exist, At Least in Humans and Primates
Sharing is caring, but you're lying if you say you don't expect something in return, and science knows it. Researchers looked at 32 studies of primates and human foragers, and the evidence points to the fact that when sharing food, we want something out of it. Ass, gas, or bananas. Nobody rides for free.Read on...
Apes Apparently Use The Breaststroke While Swimming Just Like We Do
On TV and in movies, you can see various types of primates doing all kinds of athletic things like climbing trees, swinging from vines, even playing hockey. But swimming? That's pretty rare, but it happens.. Allow Cooper the chimpanzee and Suryia the orangutan to demonstrate their swimming technique for you.Read on...
German Researchers Building Robotic Ape, Robot Apocalypse and Planet of the Apes No Longer Mutually Exclusive
Why, you might ask, would anyone build a robotic version of an ape? Is this something the world really needs? Researchers at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence presumably think so, which is why they built this "ape-like robotic system" that moves just like an ape. While we still couldn't tell you why the world needs a robot ape -- after all, there are already plenty of things that give Associate Editor Glen Tickle nightmares -- the thing is pretty impressive, aping the movements of an...ape with uncanny precision and making the rest of us kind of nervous.Read on...
Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Monkey Mob Attacks Indonesian Town, Injuring Seven PeopleIn a scene straight out of a horror movie, a mob of wild monkeys emerged from a forest in Indonesia and rampaged through a nearby village, leaving seven villagers injured, including one 16-year-old boy in critical condition after being badly bitten. Details on exactly what kind of monkeys made up the mob or what could have motivated them to attack are scarce, and it's not known yet if the primates are hyper-intelligent test subjects recently escaped from a shadowy government lab -- or just a bunch of jerks.Read on...
Utterly Badass Orangutan Survives Being Shot More Than 100 Times With Air Rifle
Aan, an orangutan found in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, is stepping back from death's door and recovering nicely after being found shot more than 100 times with an air rifle. Aan was found earlier this month with 37 pellet wounds to the head and another 67 in the body including pellets lodged in the heart and lung. While the wounds have taken Aan's left eye, the orangutan, who is being cared for in a Borneo rehabilitation center, is now expected to survive.Read on...