Female bonobos observed helping mother give birth.

” During the birth event, which occurred at the Luikotale Bonobo Project field site, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the researchers discovered that wild bonobos do not give birth alone.┬áThe new mother, a female called Luna, was surrounded by two other female bonobos offering companionship and support.” From here. I asked a friend […]

Did better mothering defeat the Neanderthals?

More and more research shows that Neanderthals were as inferior in cognition as originally thought. A five-year project out of Kochi University of Technology in Japan examines factors that contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals, and posits that the differences in learning was the key factor. Although invention and tool use is normally associated […]

Gorilla mother with baby

A Western Lowland gorilla holding her infant from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP-UNEP). For a long time, the claim in the human literature was that humans are the only primates in which mothers have eye contact with their infants. It is true, that humans have more of it, especially since ape babies most of […]