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Dr. Paco Bertolani - Seeking the soul of the ape.

By Ryan Green

Dr. Paco Bertolani holds a PhD. in Biological Anthropology, and is a specialist in chimpanzee habituation.

The population of chimpanzees on Rubondo Island has been mentioned in previous articles: how they came to be there by the efforts of the great conservationist Professor Bernard Grzimek. 922 more words

Chimpanzees

Is it culture or evolution? --or-- What's the best way to explain why humans are so fucking weird?

So I saw this article yesterday.

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-men-evolve-skills-links-spatial.html

In essence, it discusses a study done on the Twe and Tjimba tribes, and attempts to link the spatial and navigational superiority of men in the tribes to the pressure placed on them to find more mates. 4,375 more words

General Science

Opportunity, not necessity, is the mother of invention

Whether you are a human being or an orangutan, tools can be a big help in getting what you need to survive.

However, a review of current research into the use of tools by non-human primates suggests that ecological opportunity, rather than necessity, is the main driver behind primates such as chimpanzees picking up a stone to crack open nuts. 475 more words

Behaviour

Human Evolution, Cultural Evolution and the Concept of Race.

So this little diddy came to my mind while having a discussion with a friend of mine. He’s a smart guy (uh-oh…qualification coming up…) but he has a fairly stereotypical view on race. 6,323 more words

General Science