Monkey Day 4 Stone Hearth

What the heck is Monkey Day?

The 108th edition of 4 Stone Hearth is up at This is Serious Monkey Business.

A sample:

Over at her blog, Barbara J. King writes about The Cognitive Watershed and Nut-Cracking Monkey Pushback wherein she explains one of the finer (and, in my personal opinion, coolest) aspects of primatology, nut-cracking, and uses bearded capuchin monkeys (Cebus libidosus) to exemplify these foraging techniques. Pretty timely as the holidays approach, eh?

DNApes has also got a fantastic article that’s been hitting the news recently about Monitoring the Health of Endangered, Wild Chimpanzees. I’m particularly interested in disease ecology in primates, so this article was a special treat for me given that it looks at the potential for retroviral diseases in chimpanzees and the risks posed to hunters as a result.

How did humans get HIV, anyway?

Does it seem to you we have fewer blog carnivals coming to town these days?

5 Responses to Monkey Day 4 Stone Hearth

  1. Ricky Gervais has a good bit on how humans got HIV. The joke is the 1st guy to get it was told by the doctor, “You must have gotten it from eating monkey brains.” “But I don’t eat monkey brains.” “Well, you could have gotten it from having sex with the monkey.” “Yeah, I was eating monkey brains.”

    Then we find out how the monkey got the disease.


  2. Ediacaran says:

    Happy Monkey Day!


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Good reason not to eat bush meat — or hunt it.

    Yeah, I get that question from students whenever we get near the topic — disease history, evolution (Scopes trial, for example), map of Africa. I may quote your concise explanation. Thanks.


  4. First, I’d like to thank you for the link! Secondly:

    How did humans get HIV, anyway?

    Ooh, you’ve hit something near and dear to my heart! So, knowing we have a relation to chimpanzees and other primates, it’s important to know that we can pass diseases back and forth between human and non-human primates a little more easily as a result. Chimpanzees and gorillas (and most old world monkeys) have their own version of HIV called “SIV” (or simian immunovirus). There are different strains of SIV for different species–SIVcpz for chimpanzees, SIVagm for African green monkeys, etc. There are also a whole slew of other tidbits, but this is a comment so I’ll save the more detailed stuff.

    The most widely accepted theory (with some good evidence to back it up) of how SIV jumped to humans is that bushmeat hunters in Cameroon (this is thought to be the origin as there’s a high prevalence of the disease in chimpanzees there) who managed to accidentally cut themselves while cutting the meat and this was likely when the first transmission between non-human primate and human primate was made (it’s thought to be around the 1930’s, maybe even a little sooner.)

    There’s certainly a lot more that goes into this, but that’s the nitty-gritty. :)


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