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Illusion Chasers

Parallels Between Mantis Shrimp and Human Color Vision

Mantis shrimp. Photo credit: Roy Caldwell

Despite tremendous differences in human versus shrimp eye structure and brain circuitry, the striking similarity between the color sensitivities of primate brain color-selective neurons and shrimp photoreceptors provides evidence of a common computational strategy across extremely divergent species.

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Image of the Week

A Genome is Not a Blueprint

Genome-vs-blueprint

Image: 1936 Joy Oil gas station blueprints (top); sequence from human chromosome 1 (bottom). Source: from A Monkey’s Blueprint by Martin Krzywinski on SA Visual When artist Martin Krzywinski was challenged to come up with a graphic that quickly and concisely shows how the human genome is more similar to chimpanzee and bonobo genomes than [...]

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MIND Guest Blog

Chimps Will Share Their Lunch—but Only If They Like You

Chimpanzees have a lot to gain from climbing the social ladder. It now appears that lower-ranking male chimps strengthen bonds with their friends in high places by alerting them to some good eats. Researchers experimentally captured this communication—amounting to “hey buddy, there’s some food over here”—for the first time among a society of wild chimpanzees [...]

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Running Ponies

Lesula: New species of African monkey discovered

Cercopithecus lomamiensis

Meet Cercopithecus lomamiensis, a newly discovered species of African monkey found in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Together with the ‘honk barking’ Highland mangabeys (Lophocebus kipunji) of Tanzania, C. lomamiensis is only the second new species of monkey discovered in Africa in the past 28 years. Described in PLoS One this week by scientists [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Colorful Mandrill

Mandrill

The mandrill has one of my favorite binominal classifications: Mandrillus sphinx. The species was once a member of the genus Papio, home to the baboons. But this vulnerable species, along with their less colorful sister species the drills (Mandrillus leucophaeus), was recently reclassified and given their own genus. The largest of the world’s monkeys, the [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

A Photo Safari at the San Diego Zoo

African Grey Parrot

#PHD2013 is getting closer and closer. In the meantime, here are some more portraits of San Diego Zoo residents, following on from last week’s post. Here’s an angolan colobus monkey, with some bits of breakfast stuck to its face. An African Grey Parrot, a conspecific of the famous Alex. A menacing Steller’s Sea Eagle, the [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Best Animal Stories of 2012

Allen's swamp monkeys. San Diego Zoo.

By Jason G. Goldman and Matt Soniak Humans have a complicated relationship with our non-human cousins. Some animals we invite into our homes, and treat as members of our families. Indeed, in November of this year singer Fiona Apple made headlines when she announced that she would cancel the South American segment of her tour [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Guest Post! It’s About Time: Delving Into Animals’ Memories

Editor’s Note: Today’s post, coming appropriately after yesterday’s post on human intuitions about memory, comes from Felicity Muth who blogs at Not Bad Science, and tweets as @FelicityMuth. This post, while it can certainly stand alone, is meant to be read after reading Felicity’s contribution to The Guest Blog. We have known for a number [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Guest Post! Seeing the Monkey in the Mirror

Editor’s Note: While I’m on vacation, I’ve arranged a series of guest posts from other writers who routinely cover animal behavior and cognition. Today’s post, about the controversial mirror self-recognition test in primates, comes from the blogger at Serious Monkey Business. Follow her on twitter: @SrsMonkeyBiz. I have a confession: one of my favorite things [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Giant Birds and Terrified Monkeys

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The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is a nasty scary-looking muppethugging monster of a carnivorous bird. Female harpies weigh 14-20 pounds, and males weigh 8.5-12 pounds. They stand between 2.9 and 3.5 feet tall. The wingspan of the harpy eagle can reach 6 feet, 7 inches. The talons – sharp claws to grasp onto its prey – are up to 5.1 inches long. INCHES!!

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