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Jungle tales: the real King Louie was the biggest ape of all

Posted on 19 May 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

Hollywood loves a gigantic ape. It gave the world King Kong and in Disney’s remake of The Jungle Book, it has given King Louie an upgrade. A big one. Formerly an average-sized orangutan, his lumbering body now fills an abandoned temple deep in the Indian jungle. Image: Gerg1967

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Rare Australian bird farms nourishing manna from trees

Posted on 3 Mar 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

An endangered Tasmanian songbird doesn’t have to wait for manna from heaven: it goes out and gathers its own. Image: fveronesi1

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Do toddlers learn like chimps?

Posted on 25 Feb 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Journalism

Humans rely so much on a culturally accumulated body of knowledge. So have we lost the ability that other apes have to invent our own solutions to basic problems? Image: Tambako the Jaguar

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Cross-species dolphin society gets friendlier after hurricanes

Posted on 22 Jan 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

The bottlenose and spotted dolphins of the Bahamas are unusual in that they often intermingle. Now, observations show these unusual coalitions survived two deadly hurricanes. Afterwards the dolphin interactions were less aggressive, perhaps to allow them to adjust to post-disaster life. Image: sheilapic76

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Geckos have superpowers, starting with running along ceilings

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

Many animals have one superpower. Geckos are blessed with several. Their eyes can distinguish colours by the light of the moon, they can instantly shed their tail if they are caught by a predator, and most famously of all, they can walk effortlessly up walls and along ceilings. Image: chrisheidenreich

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Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

Posted on 19 Aug 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

In the rainforests of west Africa, the woodlands of Brazil and the beaches of Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed some truly remarkable stone tools – tools that were wielded by prehistoric monkeys and chimpanzees. Image: jenmartin

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