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Monkeys eavesdrop on each other and listen in on monkey conversations

February 4th, 2021

Primates often exhibit advanced and intricate ways of communicating with one another. Many monkey species use vocalizations in order to communicate, but understanding the nuances of monkey conversation has proved difficult.  A new study reveals that marmoset monkeys are skilled at the art of eavesdropping on conversations between other monkeys, and they use that information …

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The ‘Monkey Whisperer’ is probably going to human prison

January 21st, 2021

A Florida man known for his expertise with monkeys is now being charged with illegally selling and trafficking the primates across the United States. Jimmy Wayne Hammonds now faces multiple charges related to what authorities claim was a business to breed and sell monkeys illegally. If convicted of the various charges, Hammonds is looking at …

Chinese scientists put human brain genes in a monkey

April 12th, 2019

Everything we know about evolution tells us that humans have primate ancestors, and that the development of our complex brains is what allowed ancient humans to forge the path that we’re on today. Determining what changes in primate brains prompted our fork of the evolution tree to take shape is something scientists in China are …

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FDA research monkeys retired and will live out their lives in Florida

December 4th, 2018

When U.S. citizens retire, they are required by law to consider moving to Florida. Okay, so it’s not an actual requirement, but plenty of retirees decide that they deserve the warm weather and ample sunshine that Florida offers and make the move. Apparently that luxury isn’t reserved for just humans though, as a whole crew …

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An infected lab monkey escaped its cage at the University of Pittsburgh and is now at the center of a heated legal drama

January 30th, 2018

An infected monkey escaping its cage sounds like the beginning of a very bad horror movie, but that low-effort plot point became reality at the University of Pittsburgh. Now, the professor that reported the incident is suing the university for firing her and claiming that her dismissal was retaliation for the whistleblowing of safety issues …

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Chinese scientists have genetically engineered autistic monkeys

January 25th, 2016

Scientists in China have successfully created monkeys that suffer from autism. Wait, what? Why would anyone do such a thing? It turns out that they believe creating autistic monkeys opens up new avenues for treating autism that haven’t been explored before, as Technology Review explains.