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Hominidae

[hä′min·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A family of primates in the superfamily Hominoidea containing one living species, Homo sapiens.

Hominidae

 

a family of the order Primates. This family includes modern and fossil (Archanthropus, Palaeoan-thropus) man. Most scientists also include Australopithecines and other biped fossils of the higher primates in the family Hominidae. However, there are researchers who take Hominidae to mean only “genuine” man, starting from Archanthropus. According to the first point of view, the family Hominidae arose toward the end of the Tertiary period (about 3.5 million years ago); according to the second, it arose toward the middle of the Quaternary period (that is, about 1 million years ago).

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We then performed a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based study using high molecular weight DNA extracted either from peripheral blood mononuclear cells or from buffy-coat of 35 of these Asian great apes (8 gibbons and 27 orangutans for which DNA was available).
Stuart Chapman, head of the WWF-UK species programme, said: 'Orang-utans are especially vulnerable as they have the slowest reproductive cycle of all the great apes, with an average of eight years between births.
The Chimpanzee Collaboratory's Legal Committee hosted a symposium at Harvard Law School last September that featured such scholars of the law as Professor Alan Dershowitz (who opined that "rights grow out of wrongs"), Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago (who argued that animals regarded as property can still have rights under the law, and that "our culture is much more interested in protecting animals than our laws are"), David Favre of Michigan State (who said that animals may "cross the river" to legal rights over the "stepping stones" of incremental change), and acclaimed primatologist Jane Goodall (who said that legal rights might prevent the poaching and habitat destruction that is threatening Africa's great apes with extinction.
This paper gives a brief overview of the bushmeat crisis, especially with respect to great apes, its context, and ways to improve conservation.
Palm Oil Paradox was produced by UN Environment through the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), the alliance of 105 national governments, conservation organizations, research institutions, UN agencies and private companies committed to ensuring the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat.
In its inaugural year, 2014, Great Apes Giving Day raised and awarded nearly $85,000 to nine African sanctuaries; in 2015, it raised and awarded nearly $200,000 to eight North American sanctuaries.
Instead of learning new sounds, it has been presumed that sounds made by great apes are driven by arousal over which they have no control, but our research proves that orangutans have the potential capacity to control the action of their voices.
Heart disease is often reported as a significant cause of death among captive great apes, and Twycross Zoo is leading an expansive Ape Heart Project who are working hard to better understand the disease.
While it is true that we cooperate far more than great apes, ancient humans did not live in a communist paradise of selfless cooperation, and nor do we.
But animal advocates cannot allow the idea to take hold that only the great apes and certain other "higher" animals are fit to be "persons.
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We now have whole genome sequences for all the great apes and, with this work, also the small apes - gibbons," said Jeffrey Rogers, a primate genetics researcher at the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, reports Reuters.