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Gibbons look to wedding stamp boost

Sales of Royal Wedding commemorative stamps and mugs should boost profits at Stanley Gibbons, the stamps and collectibles retailer said yesterday.

It started with a shrew... study maps the primate family tree

They range in size from the tiny Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, weighing little more than an ounce, to the 440lb mountain gorilla.

Just like us, chimps laugh even when the joke isn’t funny

Chimpanzees can share a joke just like any human but they are also capable of sharing a laugh even when they don't find something particularly funny, scientists have discovered.

Video: Baby gorilla tries to walk

A three month old baby gorilla has been caught on camera at London Zoo taking his first steps.

Bruce Parry: 'The greatest journey of my life has been figuring out who I am'

A rite of passage is important for many young people It's why I joined the Marines: to prove myself. But societies all over the world use this youthful angst to fight wars. You go to an area such as the Omo Valley, Ethiopia [where Parry stayed with the Nyangatom tribe], and the different tribes are essentially cousins who've developed a separate identity to fight for the scarce resources there. The elders play on the young men's sense of pride, wind them up and send them off on a killing spree. We do that in our society, too, albeit in a more civilized way.

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Campaigners highlight growing list of abuse cases

The sentencing of Abid Mohammed Saddique and Mohammed Romaan Liaqat is the latest in a growing list of similar abuse cases in the UK but is not a new form of grooming, an anti-trafficking campaigner said today.

Baby orang-utan travels first-class

An abandoned baby orang-utan had a luxury journey to its new adoptive home - as a first-class passenger on a cruise ferry.

Bronze statue of famous gorilla up for sale

A life-size bronze cast of a famous gorilla is expected to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes under the hammer in Gloucestershire, auctioneers said.

F (18)

That's F as in "Fail", which describes what troubled teacher Mr Anderson (David Schofield) is doing after a traumatic attack on him by a pupil.

Gibbons pins hopes on China orders

Stanley Gibbons posted a 10 per cent rise in profits as it pinned its hopes on an orders boost from the Chinese stamp market.

Samuel Muston: Where error is irreparable, repentance is useless

Reading of the Director of Public Prosecution’s decision over the death of Ian Tomlinson at last years G20 protest, I’m reminded of Edward Gibbon’s memorable phrase: “Where error is irreparable, repentance is useless”.

Chimpanzees 'launch murderous sprees to expand their territories'

Gangs of chimpanzees kill individuals from neighbouring groups in order to expand their territory and seize new food resources, according to a new study of the animals' notoriously aggressive behaviour in the wild.

Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher: I watched as an adult male tore an infant chimp to pieces

Sitting amongst wild chimpanzees, watching two youngsters dangle from branches above their mothers' heads while the adults lie sleeping amid the buzzing of cicadas in the cool of the afternoon, it is easy to believe that these animals represent some lost Eden, a salvation from the human condition.

Orang-utan language identified

Orang-utans communicate intelligently using gestures, researchers have found.

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