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Links 1 through 10 of 183 by Michelle Merrill tagged anthropology+primates

A recent book series and website about global ape conservation issues.

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Complete episode about bonobos (I haven't had a chance to watch it yet)

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The complexities of capuchin nut-cracking - they even wait for them to ripen!

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New study on decision making strategies in captive chimps. This kind of rationality is precisely why some researchers claim that chimpanzees are not good imitators.

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Not unlike the loss of tool-using orangutans due to deforestation during my fieldwork on Sumatra, the culture of these remarkable stone-tool-using macaques are in danger of being lost due to palm oil plantations patrolled by guard-dogs. The research was led by a scientist from Nanyang Technological University.

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Gelada baboons (Theropithecus gelada) are vocal during sex when the male is the dominant male, but much less so when it is a subordinate male, helping to avoid detection by the dominant male. "The authors say this evidence of both tactical deception and retaliatory punishment in a natural setting is a first. The cheating geladas' behavior suggests they are taking into account the perspective of the dominant male and altering their behavior based on what he can see and hear."

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For as long as it lasts, a full version of David Attenborough's 1979 classic, with the best coverage of primate diversity yet captured on film. The science is a little dated, but the Japanese macaque and gorilla interactions with Attenborough are not to be missed.

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Some news and info from Anne Russon, author of _Orangutans: Wizards of the Rainforest_. Russon has largely worked with rehabilitant orangutans on Borneo.

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"Two experts on the evolution of sexual dimorphism, Dr. J. Michael Plavcan (University of Arkansas) and Dr. Phil Reno (Pennsylvania State University), discussed and debated their opposing views on these issues."

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