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What's the best wood for constructing beds? According to chimpanzees, one wood is superior to all others for beds: Ugandan ironwood. Credit: Getty Creative And chimps should know. They make their own beds and sleep in them too, as the old saying goes. Each chimp is a bed builder. They seem to be picky as well. RELATED: Say Cheese! Similarities of Human, Primate Expressions "Chimpanzees, like humans, are highly selective when it comes to where they sleep," David Samson of the University of Nevada said in a press release. "This suggests that, for apes, there is something inherently attractive about a comfortable bed - down to what kind of wood you use to make it." Samson and colleague...

Bonobos have a reputation among the great apes as "hippie chimps," and new research hints that high levels of a key thyroid hormone may play a role in keeping the animals' aggression in check. Credit: Thinkstock Found in the lowland forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bonobos (Pan troglodytes) are closely related to chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) but the two diverge in behavior. PHOTOS: Most Athletic Monkeys Bonobos seem to diffuse social tension with an impressive repertoire of sex acts rather than physical fights. Males in particular show low levels of aggression - they even maintain platonic friendships with females and stick by their mothers into adulthood. The life of...

A lawsuit seeking the "legal personhood" of chimpanzees was filed this week in New York by a U.S. animal rights group, according to Reuters. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-556150{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-556150, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-556150{width:520px;height:383px;display:block;} The petitioner, non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project, wants the New York state court to declare that a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy is "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned." Currently, Tommy is living in captivity in what the animal rights group describes as a "small, dank,...

We already knew that unrelated chimpanzees cooperated with each other outside of sexual relationships, but thanks to new research we now know why, and this exciting revelation doesn't just help us to learn more about social bonding in animals, but also in ourselves. Credit: Nigel's Europe The study, which was published in the journal of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, discovered that cooperation between non-kin chimps could be attributed to increased levels of the hormone oxytocin. International researchers working with a group of wild chimps in Uganda tested the urine to measure the oxytocin levels after a grooming session. Regardless of whether the chimpanzee was engaging with a...

As more than 800,000 federal workers across the country grapple with an uncertain financial future during the U.S. government shutdown, there is at least one group that may stand to benefit from the impasse -- they're just not human. Animals at the federally funded National Zoo, national parks and wildlife refuges have just received an open-ended vacation from human tourist crowds. In the short term, at least, the situation appears to be a win-win for such animals. RELATED: They Closed What?! 10 Government Closings That Hurt...

Marijuana and the protection of endangered species are rarely things we mention in the same conversation, never mind the same sentence. However, a growing problem in Nigeria suggests that it might be time to start. Despite mounting scientific evidence to the contrary, marijuana is still classified as a narcotic drug by most world governments. Forbidden to grow this plant or to purchase it from growers legally, those who wish to take advantage of its physical and emotional benefits are forced into the black market. Depending on who you ask, the illegal sale of marijuana generates between $10 and $120 billion in revenue a year. It's no wonder criminals are willing to risk life and limb to...