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Face and cranial base

Dimitri Neaux and colleagues have published a series of comprehensive analyses on the influence of the cranial base in facial morphology of humans and apes. … 381 more words


PARABOLAS Episode 2 - "The Orangutan"


In Episode 2 CPS and CBTN host John Ward shares a lesson learned while working at a zoo.

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Carotid Artery and Primate Encephalisation

In general, members of the Primate Order possess larger brains for body size than other mammals, with modern humans (Homo sapiens) evolving the largest brains. 335 more words



Amélie Beaudet and colleagues have published a comprehensive and detailed paleoneurological study on South African fossil cercopithecoids. The paper supplies three main advances. First, it provides key information on primate paleoneurology, in particular on Plio-Pleistocene monkeys, belonging to the genera… 245 more words

Brain Morphology

Do chimp fathers protect their offspring?

To some evolutionary researchers, parental love is a mechanism to foster the transfer of genes through successive generations. Feeling emotionally attached to our children, most humans feed and protect our offspring and prepare them to thrive as adults, including as breeders. 827 more words


The Coolidge Effect

I was recently introduced to the Coolidge effect while reading The Social Behaviour of monkeys (Rowell, 1972). Rowell (1972) described this effect in chickens in which the rooster will have a greater amount of sperm when paired with a new hen or females with large combs (generally females with large combs have a greater reproductive ability) (Pizzari, et al. 420 more words


Seeing snakes made easy

Here‘s interesting research on the propensity of humans and other primates to spot snakes, even sneaky ones. Apparently, there’s a Snake Detection Theory (SDT) that says that our vision has evolved to discern camouflaged but dangerous animals, particularly snakes. 112 more words