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Calamity Calling: The World's Loneliest Primates

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Climate change could prove the final straw for Madagascar's endangered lemurs.


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FORA.tv (Dec. 22, 2014) — Explaining How We Differ From Our Closest Ape Relatives California Academy of Sciences - Cal Academy of Sciences Walking upright on two legs is the hallmark of the human lineage. Understanding when and how we made the transition to this unique way of moving about the world is key to deciphering how, and why, we evolved. Scientists have traditionally studied hands, feet, arms and legs to understand animal movement, but primates differ in body shape as much as they do in their limbs, and this is related to the ways they are designed to move about the world - whether they hold their bodies upright or horizontally, whether they hang below branches in the trees or walk above them on all fours, and more. Over the past few decades, more bones associated with the trunk, including ribs, pelves and vertebrae, have been discovered for fossil hominins and our relatives, shedding new light on the evolution of body form in apes and humans. In addition, new 3D computer technologies allow us to study these fossils in new ways. These new insights into the evolution of human body form paint a striking new picture of the transition from ape to hominin, leading to a whole new way of thinking about our origins. Video provided by FORA.tv
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RAW VIDEO: Baby Gorilla Born at Tokyo Zoo

RAW VIDEO: Baby Gorilla Born at Tokyo Zoo

AFP (Apr. 25, 2013) — "Momoko", a 29-year-old Western Lowland Gorilla, gives birth as the other gorillas at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo look on -- a rare situation that mimics how primates are born in the wild.
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Chinese Fossil Discovery Casts New Light on Origin of Primates

Chinese Fossil Discovery Casts New Light on Origin of Primates

Reuters (June 6, 2013) — The long-held belief that primates began their evolution in Africa has been called into question following the discovery in China, of the oldest known primate fossil. An international team of researchers announced in this month's Nature journal the discovery of Archicebus achilles eleven years after it was found and more than 55 million years after it died. Rob Muir reports.
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Chimp-Attack Victim Lobbies Congress

Chimp-Attack Victim Lobbies Congress

AP (July 10, 2014) — A Connecticut woman blinded and disfigured by a chimpanzee attack is visiting Washington this week to urge the passage of rules to make it harder to keep primates as pets. (July 10) Video provided by AP
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