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Chimps too nurture ’social traditions’


August 29th, 2012 - 3:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Research on chimps never ceases to surprise us -- the latest one, for instance, says that they are not only capable of learning from one another ... Read more...

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Kids know when you are faking distress


August 21st, 2012 - 3:02 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, Aug 21 (IANS) Even three-year-old infants can tell whether your are only whining or genuinely upset, report researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology."This study provides the ... Read more...

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Infants object to people violating rules


July 27th, 2012 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, July 27 (IANS) It's wrong to hurt other people and we shouldn't ignore people when they are talking to us, thanks to certain social norms that act as the ... Read more...

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Entire genome of extinct human decoded from finger bone


February 8th, 2012 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 8 (IANS) German anthropologists have decoded the entire genome sequence of a Denisovan, representative of the extinct Asian group related to Neanderthals, from a finger bone fossil, a ... Read more...

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Neanderthal brains ‘were like modern human ones at birth’


March 24th, 2011 - 10:54 am ICT by ANI
London, Mar 24 (ANI): Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany have discovered that Neanderthal brains were like modern human ones at birth but developed differently to ours ... Read more...

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Kids don’t mind sharing after working together


February 13th, 2011 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 13 (IANS) Grown-ups have a sense of fair play, and now it seems that even young children do. In a study, three-year-old kids shared with a peer the spoils ... Read more...

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Dogs don’t care if their owners are a little nutty


January 6th, 2011 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 6 (ANI): A new study shows that a pet dog doesn't care if its owner is nutty.Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and at Harvard University have claimed ... Read more...

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49,000-yr-old Spanish murder site indicates ‘Neanderthals were cannibals’


December 22nd, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 22 (ANI): Researchers have discovered an ancient mass murder site in Spain that indicates that Neanderthals could have feasted on the bodies of their family members too.The 49,000 years old ... Read more...

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Neanderthals crafted earliest tool made from human bone


December 16th, 2010 - 12:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): Scientists have discovered the earliest known tool made from human bone- and it was apparently crafted by Neanderthals.They have identified a human skull fragment dating back at least ... Read more...

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Oldest tool-use claim challenged by Spanish researchers


November 17th, 2010 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 17 (ANI): A Spanish-led team of researchers has challenged the idea that human ancestors were using stone tools about 3.4 million years ago.The original claim was based on what were ... Read more...

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3-year-olds sensitive to others’ moral behaviors and intentions


November 16th, 2010 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 16 (ANI): Two new studies have concluded that young children's helpfulness is tempered when they see that the person they intend to help has harmed another person. But it also ... Read more...

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Human childhood considerably longer than chimps: Study


November 16th, 2010 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 16 (ANI): Researchers have indicated that human childhood is considerably longer than chimpanzees, our closest-living ape relatives.A multinational team of specialists, led by researchers from Harvard University, Max-Planck Institute for ... Read more...

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Differences in human and Neanderthal brains set in first year of life


November 9th, 2010 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 9 (ANI): The difference between brains of newborn humans and Neanderthals takes shape specifically in the first year of life, a new study has suggested.The brains of newborn humans and ... Read more...

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Mothers aid mating success of male bonobos


September 1st, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 1 (ANI): In a study on bonobos, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have found that the presence of mothers enhances the mating success of their sons ... Read more...

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‘Grandmother hypothesis’ that helps us live longer may be a myth


August 25th, 2010 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 25 (ANI): Shattering the so-called 'grandmother hypothesis', researchers have claimed that grandma may not be as important as we thought - at least when it comes to evolution.In a new ... Read more...

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Fossils indicate that Humans and Neanderthals inter-bred with each other


May 7th, 2010 - 7:12 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
New York, May 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) New study suggests that humans and Neanderthals may have interbred some time in history, before the eventual extinction of the Neanderthals. The Neanderthals existed on ... Read more...

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Humans And Neanderthals Interbred, Suggest Scientists


May 7th, 2010 - 7:07 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez Leipzig, May 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A group of scientists working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have come up with a theory which suggests that humans ... Read more...

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Bonobo chimps like humans may be hardwired to shake their heads to say ‘no’


May 6th, 2010 - 2:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 6 (ANI): Anthropologists have recently filmed Bonobo chimps shaking their heads from side to side to 'say no'.This finding may be indicative of the behaviour of humans as primates."In bonobos, ... Read more...

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Just like humans, apes suffer self-doubt too


April 19th, 2010 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 19 (ANI): Just like humans, apes are sufficiently self-aware to doubt their own knowledge, says a new study.As part of the research, Josep Call of the Max Planck Institute for ... Read more...

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Some gorillas may eat monkeys


March 6th, 2010 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 6 (ANI): A recent study that found monkey DNA in the feces of wild African mountain gorillas, has hinted that some gorilla species eat monkeys, and are not entirely ... Read more...

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Brain power, innovation and teamwork helped humans rule the world


February 28th, 2010 - 2:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 28 (ANI): Our ancestors used brain power, innovation and teamwork to dominate the planet, scholars in the US discussing how the humans colonized the globe suggested.Why humans rose to the ... Read more...

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Kids only trust adults, when it comes to rules


February 23rd, 2010 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Children don't trust other kids when it comes to learning a new game and will turn to adults to learn them instead, says a new study. Hannes Rakoczy ... Read more...

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DNA evidence has enriched our understanding of human history on Earth


February 23rd, 2010 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): A collection of recent reviews has offered a timely update on how new genetic evidence, together with archaeological and linguistic evidence, has enriched our understanding of human history ... Read more...

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Foolproof way to read ancient DNA samples developed


January 1st, 2010 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 1 (IANS) Researchers have developed a foolproof way to analyse DNA samples from human remains 30,000 years ago, allowing a direct look into the history of evolution. DNA - the ... Read more...

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Analyzing DNA directly from 30,000-year-old modern humans now made possible


January 1st, 2010 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 1 (ANI): A team of scientists has shown how it is possible to directly analyze DNA from ancient modern humans who lived around 30,000 years ago.DNA that is left in ... Read more...

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Modern humans, Neanderthals ‘had sex’


October 25th, 2009 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 25 (ANI): Neanderthals had sex with modern humans across the species barrier, claims a leading geneticist.Using DNA retrieved from fossils, Professor Svante Paabo, director of genetics at the renowned Max ... Read more...

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Like humans, chimps too close a deal


August 21st, 2009 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 21 (ANI): Lower-ranking chimpanzees know how to bargain with their superiors to achieve a fairer split of food, concludes a new study.The study, published in Evolution and Human Behavior, suggests ... Read more...

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Neanderthals may have gone extinct because of their small population size


July 17th, 2009 - 12:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 17 (ANI): New genetic evidence suggests that Neanderthals went extinct because of their small population size.According to a report in Live science, new genetic evidence from the remains of six ... Read more...

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Genes that can tame wild beasts identified


June 9th, 2009 - 1:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 9 (ANI): A team of German, Russian, and Swedish scientists have found genetic regions that are responsible for animal tameness.Reporting their work in the June 2009 issue of the ... Read more...

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Chimps tend to remember the exact location of favourite fruit trees


June 9th, 2009 - 11:53 am ICT by ANI
London, June 9 (ANI): Chimpanzees have an inherent spatial memory that makes them remember the exact location of all their favourite fruit trees, according to a study.In fact, primatologists have found that ... Read more...

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Sweet tooth drives chimps to develop own brand of toolkits


May 31st, 2009 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 31 (ANI): Chimps are so nuts about honey that, even though they've no access to a hardware store, they construct their own brand of toolkits when foraging for snacks from ... Read more...

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‘Humanised’ mice speak volumes about why we talk


May 30th, 2009 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 30 (IANS) Mice carrying a 'humanised version' of a gene believed to influence speech and language may not actually talk, but they say a lot about our evolutionary past, according ... Read more...

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‘Humanised’ mice may offer insights into evolution of speech


May 29th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 29 (ANI) Mice may not talk but those carrying a 'humanised version' of a gene - thought to be involved in speech - can tell a lot about humans' evolutionary ... Read more...

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The way to a lady’s heart is through her stomach - if you’re a chimp


April 21st, 2009 - 9:19 am ICT by IANS
By Ernest Gill Hamburg, April 21 (DPA) The way to a lady's heart is through her stomach - if you're a male chimpanzee seeking a mate. But you have to be patient and ... Read more...

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Chimps use geometric mental map to navigate jungle


March 13th, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 13 (ANI): Chimpanzees maintain a geometric mental map of their home range, moving from point to point in nearly straight lines, suggests new research."The kind of striking thing when ... Read more...

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