primates

sun bears

These Bears Can Mimic Faces Like Humans and Apes

Sun bears show social intelligence by copying the open-mouthed expressions of their playmates.
Becky Ferreira
3.21.19
goodbyes

RIP Koko, the Kitten-Loving Gorilla Who Communicated With Humans

Koko died in Woodside, California, on Tuesday. The beloved primate was 46.
Becky Ferreira
6.21.18
space monkeys

The First Primate in Space Was Drugged and Strapped into a Nazi-Designed Rocket

On June 14, 1949, Albert II became the first primate to visit outer space, paving the way for human spaceflight.
Becky Ferreira
6.14.17
Science

Sixty Percent of the World’s Primates Are Threatened with Extinction

A study authored by 31 leading experts details all the ways we’re putting our closest relatives at risk.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.18.17
ANIMALS

The Surprising Similarities Between Whales and Primates

A whale biologist reports from the world’s biggest primatology conference.
Shane Gero
8.24.16
Sweden

Orangutans Can Predict Their Cocktail Preferences, Just Like Humans

By getting the apes drunk on juice, scientists discovered they’re capable of predictive thought.
Louise Matsakis
8.14.16
Photos

The Man Trying to Save the Philippine Tarsier from the Black Market

Plucked off trees and sent to market, the endangered primate faces a highly uncertain future.
Stephen M. Bland
3.25.16
Science

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

Howler monkeys can be well-endowed in the voice box or the family jewels, but not both.
Becky Ferreira
10.22.15
Science

How Monkeys Do Math

Humans appear to have an instinct for math, but they're not the only primates that can count.
Derek Mead
4.21.14
Motherboard Blog

Bonobos That Can't Handle Drama Have Trouble Making Friends

You know that one friend who's always talking about his or her drama but the second you've got some of your own, they're all like, "Let's talk about me instead?" Bonobos, one of the closest-relatives of humans, often have that same friend.
Jason Koebler
10.14.13
Motherboard Blog

Meet the Oldest Primate on Record Yet

He weighed just an ounce and had pretty weird feet.
Jason Koebler
6.5.13
Motherboard Blog

Chimpanzees Enjoy Solving Puzzles Just as Much as Humans

If chimps could read, they'd probably enjoy crosswords.
Mat McDermott
3.1.13
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