Evolution of Primate Sleep

Evolution of Primate Sleep Throughout my young career as a primate researcher I have focused on sleeping patterns in two different species (chimpanzees and ring-tailed lemurs).  This research has helped me piece together some of the most important patterns and trends that have characterized the evolution of primate sleep. Full Article: Evolution of Primate Sleep … Continue reading Evolution of Primate Sleep

Diurnality, Nocturnality, & Cathemerality

Diurnality, Nocturnality, & Cathemerality Understanding animal behaviour in the classroom is much different than understanding animal behaviour in the field.  During my research trip to St. Catherines Island to study ring-tailed lemur activity patterns I realized that concepts I thought I understood were more problematic than they were helpful.  Full Article: Diurnality, Nocturnality & Cathemerality … Continue reading Diurnality, Nocturnality, & Cathemerality

Among African Apes

Among African Apes What is it like to be a primatologist?  There are several misconceptions and many people are interested in our closest relatives, but few people know exactly what it's like to conduct a primate field survey.  Among African Apes transports you into the researchers world and introduces you to several important aspects of … Continue reading Among African Apes

How Do Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead?

How Do Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead? Humans have complex rituals associated with the death another human being.  These rituals may be culturally dependent but it is also a characteristic trait for our entire species.  Do our closest relatives have rituals related to the death of another chimpanzee?  Do they understand what death is?  Do they … Continue reading How Do Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead?