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Aging Bonobos Become Farsighted, Just Like Humans

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Bonobos have a decidedly low-tech solution to farsightedness, scientists have found.
Rather than donning glasses to bring objects that are near into sharper focus, aging bonobos just adjust their position, particularly when grooming their hairy pals.  
Researchers noted that when older bonobos groomed their neighbors, they sat back and extended their arms farther than younger bonobos did — and they stretched their arms even more over time. In the new study, scientists identified this shift in position as an adjustment to compensate for deteriorating eyesight. 

Scientists had previously observed this behavior in wild bonobos, though no one had investigated it closely enough to interpret it, according to study co-author Heungjin Ryu, a researcher at the Primate Research institute of Kyoto University, in Japan.   But when Ryu and other researchers witnessed this odd technique firsthand, they questioned what they m...

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The Wild Wildlife Of Monkeyland

Here is the proof that I am sharing my world with wild animals.
One of my favourite things about living in a rural area (The Crags - Plettenberg Bay) is that I share my world with wild animals.  This morning when I arrived at work the wild animals decided for me that I will be late getting into my office. 

I had a fun time watching the Chacma Baboons playing in front of the Monkeyland entrance gate. I had to wonder if they were just showing off to the Primates on the other side of the fence about the freedom they enjoy or if they were trying to convince those on the inside to let them in as well.  Either way it was wonderful to see the family...

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Madagascars Swamp Lemurs Have Been Documented For The First Time

Muddy, mosquito-ridden mangrove swamps are difficult places to live. Few species of plants or invertebrates bother. As a result there aren’t many specialist mangrove-dwellers among the world’s mammals, and these forests, highly threatened halfway houses between land and sea, tend to be neglected by wildlife conservationists.

But what about non-specialist animals? Do species more typically found in regular forests also use mangroves if the opportunity arises? Surprisingly, that’s a question we have very few answers to, but one I set out to investigate for one of the most charismatic and threatened of all animal groups: Madagascar’s lemurs. And I was amazed by what I found.  

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The Louder The Monkey, The Smaller Its Balls, Study Finds

Howler monkeys are the loudest land animals on Earth, capable of bellowing at volumes of 140 decibels, which is on the level of gunshots or firecrackers. Not surprisingly, male howlers frequently use this power to advertise their sexual fitness, catcalling females with their ear-splitting roars.

But in a beautiful twist of expectations, scientists have now found that the louder the monkey’s calls, the smaller the monkey’s balls. A team based out of Cambridge University came to this conclusion by comparing the size of dozens of monkeys’ testes with the hyoid bones located in their voice boxes, which revealed a negative correlation between decibel levels and testic...

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On The Trail Of Some Of The World’s Rarest Monkeys

Vietnam's forests are home to endangered monkey species found only here. Tim Plowden dodges armed poachers while trying to learn more about the rare monkeys

A close shave with armed poachers was a wake-up call. I had to keep my wits about me as I followed the trail of some of the world’s most endangered primates.   My local fixer had wandered off briefly to record the dawn chorus of birds in Vietnam’s Cuc Phuong national park. He returned trembling with fear after a confrontation with two armed hu...

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