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The largest genomic catalogue of wild chimpanzees

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Primatology

New genomic tools shed light on the evolutionary history of chimpanzees and contribute to their conservation

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Chimpanzees combine calls to form numerous vocal sequences

Former Departments
Primatology

Evidence of structured vocal sequences in wild chimpanzee communication provides insights into human language evolution

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Gorillas do not bluff when they chest beat: honest signalling indicates body size

Primatology

The chest beats given by adult male gorillas reliably indicate their body size

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Chimpanzees without borders

Primatology

A new large-scale study uncovers recent genetic connectivity between chimpanzee subspecies despite past isolation events

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Biodiversity monitoring programmes need a culture of collaboration

Primatology

Integration of contributors promotes the quantity and quality of data

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Like humans, chimpanzees can suffer for life if orphaned before adulthood

Primatology

Male chimpanzees who lose their mother early in life are less competitive and have fewer offspring than sons who continue to live with their mothers

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Chimpanzees show greater behavioural and cultural diversity in more variable environments

Primatology

Both historical and recent variation in ecological and environmental conditions are associated with larger behavioural repertoires in wild chimpanzees

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Effectiveness of primate conservation measures mostly unproved

Primatology

Evidence-based conservation is key to curb primate population declines

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Reduction of bushmeat hunting

Primatology

Disease prevention and protection of species require differentiated strategies

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In the wild, chimpanzees are more motivated to cooperate than bonobos

Primatology

When informing about a threat territorial chimpanzees are more motivated to cooperate than less territorial bonobos

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In chimpanzees, females contribute to the protection of the territory

Primatology

Female chimpanzees are also important in helping to win and keep a territory

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Similar to humans, chimpanzees develop slowly

Primatology

Chimpanzees need more than five years to acquire key skills

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Cultural diversity in chimpanzees

Primatology

Chimpanzee groups each have their own unique termite fishing cultures

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"In my opinion, 'social distancing’ is the wrong term"

Primatology

For many weeks now, social interactions have been prohibited in many countries, which has affected many people. Roman Wittig of the Max Planck…

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The growing pains of orphan chimpanzees

Primatology

Mothers may be shaping pre-adult growth and offspring muscle mass even without direct provisioning

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Less offspring due to territorial conflicts

Primatology

Female chimpanzees’ reproductive success decreases in times of strong territorial conflict with other groups

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Wild chimpanzees are sensitive to the sound properties of wood

Primatology

Accumulative stone throwing chimpanzees like tree species with a resonating timbre

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Monkeys inform about threats

Primatology

Monkeys cooperatively share information about the presence of snakes with group members

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Macaques can make palm oil more sustainable and efficient by hunting plantation rats

Primatology

Considered an oil palm pest, macaques can in fact diminish a more severe pest: rats

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Male common marmosets smell female fertility

Primatology

Males can thus distinguish between cycle phases

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Should I stay or should I go?

Primatology

Female gorillas must balance the reproductive costs of staying with or leaving an older male

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Sex for cooperation

Primatology

New insights help to explain why same-sex sexual interactions are so important for female bonobos

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Studying animal cognition in the wild

Primatology

Sometimes recording what animals do not do or fail to find can lead to revealing insights into their expectations, and thus cognition

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Unexpected nut eating by gorillas

Primatology

A long-term study of western gorillas in Gabon has revealed an unexpected behaviour – they use their teeth to crack open and eat nuts

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How humans and chimpanzees travel towards a goal in rainforests

Primatology

Travel linearity increases in humans when they travel in increasingly large groups, while chimpanzees travel more goal-directed when they are on their…

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Finding one's way in the rainforest

Primatology

Human foragers of both sexes use the sun for finding direction from a very young age

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Flies may also spread disease among monkeys and apes

Primatology

Flies carrying deadly pathogens form long-term associations with monkeys and apes following them through the rainforest

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Chimp&See is back!

Primatology

From African golden cats to zebra duikers, Chimp&See lets you get up close and personal with African wildlife

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Bonobo diet of aquatic greens may hold clues to human evolution

Primatology

Study offers a possible answer on how our human ancestors may have met their nutritional needs of iodine in the Congo basin

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Wild chimpanzees face extinction

Primatology

Mankind’s closest living relatives – chimpanzees – are disappearing from the earth, because their habitats are destroyed and they are being eaten into…

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Emanuel Mathias - On the Margins of the Field

Primatology

An in situ exhibition at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig

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Tortoises on the menu

Primatology

Wild chimpanzees eat tortoises after cracking them open against tree trunks

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Bonobo mothers help their sons to have more offspring

Primatology

Mothers’ presence influences the reproductive success of their adult sons

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Taxon-specific databases are essential for filling biodiversity data gaps

Primatology

By focusing on a group of organisms taxon-specific databases make a broad range of high-quality data accessible

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Attention skills in a nonhuman cooperative breeding species

Primatology

Songbirds that work together with raising their young coordinate its attention and exchange itself intensively with each other

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Social insecurity also stresses chimpanzees

Primatology

Male chimpanzees reduce aggression when social relationships in their group are unstable

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March 2017:

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE SONNTAGSZEITUNG "Gefährliche Nähe" [PDF]

05. Februar 2015: Gesellschaft für Primatologie tagt in Leipzig

Die 14. Konferenz der Gesellschaft für Primatologie (GfP) findet vom 11.-13. Februar 2015 am Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie und an der Universität Leipzig statt.

Die Fachtagung der Gesellschaft für Primatologie findet im zweijährigen Turnus statt und versammelt etwa 150 national und international tätige Affenforscher und Naturschützer. Ziel der Tagung ist es, den wissenschaftlichen Austausch zwischen Primatologen aller Bereiche und mit unterschiedlicher Berufserfahrung zu fördern. Ab dem 09. Februar und während der Tagung können auch Bilder bestaunt werden, die von Schimpansen gemalt wurden. Diese Bilder stammen aus dem Nachlass von Prof. Robert Glaser.

Link zur Pressemitteilung

Infos zur Ausstellung "Malereien von Menschenaffen"


New documentation about the Taï chimpanzees

Please do not miss watching this new documentation (in German or French) about the Taï chimpanzees, Dr. Tobias Deschner and Adnan at ARTE: 16.01.2014 at 19:00 pm or 23.01. at 7:45 am

http://www.arte.tv/guide/de/047322-003/adnan-unter-wilden-tieren-4-5
http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/047322-003/les-derniers-refuges-4-5


Taï chimpanzees featured in Hollywood movie

Oscar, Freddy and Isha are the stars of the new Disneynature film CHIMPANZEE which opens in France on February 20th, 2013 and in Germany on May 09th, 2013! This marks the first time ever that a feature film was shot entirely in the wild, and uses footage from the chimpanzees living in the Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire and in the Ngogo area of the Kibale National Park, Uganda. The 3 main stars, Oscar, Freddy and Isha, belong to the chimpanzee groups that Max Planck Director Christophe Boesch and his team have studied for the last 33 years in Côte d’Ivoire.

For more detailed information go to:

http://www.schimpansen.mpg.de
http://www.eva.mpg.de/primat/staff/boesch
http://www.wildchimps.org

30. April 2013: Und die Geschichte ist eben nicht erfunden / and the story has not been made up

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September 25, 2012: Dwindling space for Africa's great apes

press release (english)
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ARCHIVE OF HIGHLIGHTS

May 10, 2012: Chimpanzee cultures differ between neighbors

press release (english)
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April 26, 2012: Taï chimpanzees featured in Hollywood movie

press release (english)
press release (german)

June 17, 2009: "One million people for Apes"

press release (english)
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press release (french)

January 24, 2009: Fewer mountain gorillas than believed

article in New Scientist (pdf)
publication (pdf)

October 14, 2008: Alarming decline of West African chimpanzees in Côte d’Ivoire

press release (pdf)

April 04, 2008: Let us stop the ecocide and disappearance of great apes! Launch of the manifesto mAn

press release (pdf)
manifest (pdf)