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Brilliant Baboons Escape From Texas Biolab Using Their Captors' Own Barrels Brilliant Baboons Escape From Texas Biolab Using Their Captors' Own Barrels

Using just a 55-gallon barrel, three baboons liberated themselves the confines of a biomedical research facility this weekend for about half an hour before they were captured and returned to incarceration.

Scientists Demonstrate Ability to Decode Images of Human Faces by Scanning Monkeys' Brains Scientists Demonstrate Ability to Decode Images of Human Faces by Scanning Monkeys' Brains

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…

This Is Not Actually A Photo Of A Tiny Monkey Bathing In A Teacup This Is Not Actually A Photo Of A Tiny Monkey Bathing In A Teacup

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.

It Looks Like Monkeys Can Learn from Instructional Videos It Looks Like Monkeys Can Learn from Instructional Videos

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.

Wikimedia Won't Take Down This Photo Because a Monkey Took It Wikimedia Won't Take Down This Photo Because a Monkey Took It

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.

Do Wild Animals Get Drunk and High On Purpose? Do Wild Animals Get Drunk and High On Purpose?

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.

Hilarious monkey steals a GoPro camera and takes a selfie Hilarious monkey steals a GoPro camera and takes a selfie

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 best Wildlife Photographer of 2013 The best Wildlife Photographer of 2013

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,…

Concept Art Writing Prompt: A Monkey Lands on the Moon Concept Art Writing Prompt: A Monkey Lands on the Moon

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?

Monkeys are the most stressed when they're stuck in the middle Monkeys are the most stressed when they're stuck in the middle

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.

Monkey with stylish winter coat spotted at Toronto Ikea Monkey with stylish winter coat spotted at Toronto Ikea

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…

So this new species of monkey looks exactly like Alan Tudyk So this new species of monkey looks exactly like Alan Tudyk

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.

Scientists Have Found a Possible Cure for Ebola Scientists Have Found a Possible Cure for Ebola

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…

Macaques use synchronized sex to keep alpha males at bay Macaques use synchronized sex to keep alpha males at bay

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.

Why zoning out reveals the evolutionary origins of consciousness Why zoning out reveals the evolutionary origins of consciousness

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.

Even An Orangutan Knows How To Cool Himself Off Even An Orangutan Knows How To Cool Himself Off

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.

Hyenas prove that complex societies give you big brains Hyenas prove that complex societies give you big brains

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.

Infection-resistant monkeys could be crucial in the fight against HIV Infection-resistant monkeys could be crucial in the fight against HIV

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.

The First Advertising Campaign for Monkeys: Alpha Males and Genitals The First Advertising Campaign for Monkeys: Alpha Males and Genitals

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?

Why did humans and monkeys evolve to hate the color red? Why did humans and monkeys evolve to hate the color red?

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.

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