Much like human babies, baby gorillas are cute, they crawl before learning to walk and they love breast milk. Here are some interesting facts about these tiny primates who share about By Veronica Linares.
A type of great ape, there are two species of mostly herbivorous gorillas, split into several subspecies. Gorillas are restricted to relatively small patches of central African forest and are identified by their lowland or mountainous habitat. They can live up to 40 years old in the wild and up to 50 in captivity.
Gorillas are part of the great ape family, which includes orangutans, bonobos and chimpanzees. They are predominantly ground dwelling, and inhabit forests located in numerous countries in central Africa. Gorillas are third in line as the closest relatives to the human. Chimpanzees take first place followed by bonobos.
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There are two species of lice that infest humans: pubic lice, Pthirus pubisand human head and body lice, Pediculus humanus. A new article in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Biology suggests one explanation for the separation of the two species. In the article, Robert Weiss from University College London describes how he was struck by inspiration while pondering the question of why lice would separate into two groups when our ancestors are quite uniformly hairy, "I was having difficulty envisioning a clear separation of habitats between the groin and other parts of our ancient common ancestor.
But here I want to focus on our sweaty bare bods. Millions of years back our ancestors were likely as hairy as chimpanzees and gorillas. Over the course of human evolution, our lineage traded its fur coat for a covering of minuscule body hairs and a few ample patches over the head, armpits and nether region.
We humans are conspicuous among the 5, or so mammal species in that we are effectively naked. Just consider what your pet dog or cat or, for that matter, a polar bear would look like, and how it might feel, if its furry coat were shorn. Scientists have suggested three main explanations for why humans lack fur. All revolve around the idea that it may have been advantageous for our evolving lineage to have become less and less hairy during the six million years since we shared a common ancestor with our closest living relative, the chimpanzee.
Buy Tickets Now. Gorillas are the largest of the great apes, but the western lowland gorilla is the smallest of the subspecies. Native to the Congo Basin, the western lowland gorilla is a quiet, peaceful and nonaggressive animal threatened by disease and poaching.