A group of researchers published a study this week in which they showed off an ability to reconstruct a photo of a human face just from recording the brain waves of a monkey that was viewing the photo. It represents a huge leap in our understanding of how the brain recognizes faces and a potential window into…
Little cutie sure looks pocket-sized, though, right? This April 18 photo shows a (perfectly normal-sized, alas) monkey taking a dip at the Amazon Animal Orphanage in the rainforest near Iquitos, Peru, where it joined dozens of other animals recently rescued from animal traffickers and circuses.
That marmosets can learn from other marmosets isn't all that surprising. Slightly more impressive is that they can learn from unfamiliar marmosets, who they haven't met before. But what's really amazing is they can learn from instructional videos.
Time and time again, British nature photographer David Slater has asked the editors of Wikipedia to stop using his photos without permission. Unfortunately for Slater, at least in the eyes of the Wikimedia Foundation, they're not quite his photos—because the monkey pressed the shutter.
In South Africa, local legend has it that the elephants like to get drunk. They seek out the marula tree, overindulge on its sweet fruits, and enjoy the intoxicating effects of the slightly fermented juice.
Hey Mister Man, what are you doing filming us with that camera over there. Hey Mister Man, I don't appreciate you tempting me with food to trick me into dancing like a monkey. Hey Mister Man, that's it, I'm stealing your camera. That's—I'm assuming—what went through the head of this funny little monkey in Bali who…
The Natural History Museum in London has published its worldwide 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards—always extraordinary and beautiful. I love this Japanese macaque by Dutch photographer Jasper Doest, suspended in a galaxy of snow and vapor in the hot springs of Jigokudani, central Japan. The winner,…
Plenty of animals have gone to space, but this monkey managed to find itself on the moon—and it appears that not all has gone well. What's this monkey's tale?
Sociological studies have found that middle managers tend to be more stressed than either their bosses or their underlings. That phenomenon might well be true of all primates, as macaques display heightened stress levels when they are in the middle of their social hierarchy.
Visitors to an Ikea in Toronto had to finish their Christmas shopping with some unexpected company this past weekend. A small, but stylish, monkey wearing a shearling-like winter coat was found on the loose and alone in the store's parking lot after escaping the confines of its owner's cage. The monkey was eventually…
It's not every day that scientists identify a brand new species of mammal. Rarer still is a confirmed discovery of a new species of primate — the mammalian order that encompasses humans, monkeys and apes. Now, for only the second time in 28 years, a new species of monkey has been identified in Africa.
Ebola is an incredibly aggressive virus that kills 90 percent of people it infects, and it is often feared that its use as a biological weapon could wipe out millions of people—because it has no known cure. Now, though, scientists are one step closer to finding a solution, because they can now successfully cure…
The phrase "battle of the sexes" applies pretty literally to the Assam macaques of southeastern Asia. During mating season, males become extremely aggressive, and females rely on various tactics to defend themselves... including all having sex at the same time.
Letting your mind wander allows you to be introspective, and to think in abstract ways most other animals cannot. And yet rats possess the same brain structures we use for introspection — which suggests deeper evolutionary roots for introspection and, by extension, consciousness itself.
This orangutan at Tokyo's Tama Zoo sure knows how to cool himself off. Faced with an 86 degree day, the primate grabbed a wash cloth, dipped it in water and wiped himself repeatedly.
The basic concept of counting is beyond most animals, but not hyenas. They are able to count almost as well as primates, another indicator that these carnivores are unusually intelligent. It all goes back to their sophisticated, hierarchical societies.
Sooty mangabeys are a monkey species found on the western coast of central Africa. Their unique immunity to SIV, a relative of HIV, has intrigued medical researchers for decades. Now we know just how their immunity works.
Keith Olwell and Elizabeth Kiehner had an epiphany last year. At a TED talk, the two New York advertising executives learned that captive monkeys understand money, and that when faced with economic games they will behave in similar ways to humans. So if they can cope with money, how would they respond to advertising?
Red is the color of anger and hatred, of imminent danger and deadly heat. Even the English language tells us that "seeing red" is a bad thing. And this aversion for red might go back to our earliest primate relatives.
It's sometimes said that you should live life without regrets, but doing that means ignoring lots of information about how you could do things better. Even monkeys see the value in regret...at least after they throw rock instead of scissors.