Tag Archives: Gorilla

Paleoanthropologists Uncover 20 Million Year Old Hominid Fossil

A team of Ugandan and French Paleoanthropologists have uncovered the remains of a 20 million year old Hominid Fossil in Uganda. The find is especially important as the skull is nearly complete – a rarity in fossilized remains.

“This is the first time that the complete skull of an ape of this age has been found. It is a highly important fossil,” Martin Pickford, a paleontologist from the College de France in Paris, told a news conference.

The skull was identified as belonging to a Ugandapithecus Major, an early relative to the great apes that inhabited the region. The early ape had a skull roughly the size of a chimpanzee, a highly intelligent primate. To read more about the find, read one of the articles at Discovery News, MSNBC, Daily Mail, or BBC News.

 

 

Leading Killer of Gorillas in Zoos – Heart Disease

Learned something new and alarming today – the #1 killer of Gorillas in Captivity is heart disease. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that our close cousins are subject to the same ailments that we are and Zoos are notorious for over-feeding their animals (keeping a while animal sedate can be accomplished with keeping them more than full) and providing very little physical activity – then again, not sure that I want to ‘exercise’ a Tiger.

Zoologists at Cleveland’s Metroparks Zoo¬†are trying to combat this issue by changing the primates’ diet – exchanging starchy carbs for fiber rich greens. Read more about this process at National Geographic. Thanks to the Leaky Foundation for sharing this on Twitter (follow them on Twitter – @LeakyFoundation).