Orangutan copying

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NSF Web Site February 7, 2011 How smart are copy cats? Maybe it depends on your species You know the saying "monkey see, monkey do?" How about "orangutan see, orangutan do?" If that holds true, the small orangutan peering over his mother's shoulder in an enclosure at Zoo Atlanta should learn how to get a tasty treat just by watching how she gets one. "One of the questions that we were looking at is how individuals learn from one another," says Marietta Dindo, a primatologist studying orangutans and their behaviors. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in affiliation with the National Zoo in Orangutan Copy Cats Download video Enlarge image For the first time, scientists have mapped the genome--the genetic code--of orangutans. This new tool may be used to support efforts to maintain the genetic diversity of captive and wild orangutans. The new map of the orangutan genome may also be used to help improve our understanding of the evolution of primates, including humans. Find out more in this news release . About Science Nation Get eMail Updates Contact Us More Special Reports Science360 News NSF Home Archive Virtual Reality Maps Virtual Self DigiMorph: Bringing Fossils to Life Orangutan Copy Cats Spray-on Solar Panels Evolution in Action Bonobos and Chimpanzees Robotic Arms Ticket to Ride Babies and Learning Lord of the Tree nsf.gov - Special Report - Science Nation http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/copycat. .. 1 of 4 8/3/11 10:06 AM
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Washington, D.C., Dindo is studying these endangered primates to better understand how our distant ape cousins watch and learn. "What's interesting and unique about orangutans compared to humans or even other great apes is the fact they're what we call "solitary but social," which means that the individuals, aside from a mother- offspring interaction, will only have limited times where they spend in affiliation with other orangutans," explains Dindo. Since orangutans in the wild are difficult
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