Cooking gave humans larger brains than primates, researchers say

Though gorillas typically spend up to eight hours feeding, supporting big bodies and big brains would be almost impossible on a raw food diet. Photo: AFP

If human beings had not invented cooking as a way of increasing the number of calories they consumed, they could only have evolved the 86 billion neurons in our big brains by spending an impossible nine hours or more each day eating raw food, according to a scientific pap

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 4:31am

Tamarin family moves to HK

From their father's back, the newborn red-handed tamarin twins watch their siblings jump from branch to branch all over their rainforest enclosure. The twins' teeny golden hands are poised, ready to help them leap as if they cannot sit still for a second either.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

New home for tamarins

Three cotton-top tamarin monkeys are exploring their new home in a zoo in Hungary. The one male and two females were sent to the Jaszbereny Zoo, 77 kilometres east of Budapest from the Copenhagen Zoo.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Wild monkeys hunted for food and medicine for centuries on mainland

Wild monkeys on the mainland have been under pressure from human activity for hundreds of years.

Emperors during the Qing dynasty were partial to scooping out the brain of a living monkey for a tasty treat, and the practice continues to this day, particularly in some southern provinces.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Monkey swings to the top

A monkey with magical powers has cast a spell over young readers, a survey has revealed.

The Boys' and Girls' Association of Hong Kong interviewed about 200 children this month and found that the Monkey King from the Chinese masterpiece Journey to the West was their favourite.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Two golden paper primates sent to join Monkey Man

Kam Ying used to go everywhere 'Monkey Man' Chan Yat-biu went. But the eight-year-old rhesus monkey cannot follow her master into the next world.

In her place will go two paper monkeys, along with a two-storey house and other ritual offerings at the funeral of the Kowloon City medicine hawker who kept Kam Ying as a pet despite government efforts to take her away.

7 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Taking liberties in the Year of the Monkey

It's the Year of the Monkey and a group of about 20 wild macaques were obviously taking advantage of the goodwill of superstitious New Territories' villagers when they ran amok in Hong Fan Liu Tsuen, in Sha Tin, on Monday.

14 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Pick of the day

Science Of Walking With Beasts: The Beasts Within

World, 9pm

Scientists have pieced together evidence that shows how many of man's features, such as grasping hands, fingernails, and a large brain, have evolved from early primates' life in the trees. A fossil found in Uganda reveals that an ape that walked upright existed 20 million years ago.

30 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Monkey trap snares the leader of the pack

A pack of wild monkeys who have been pestering residents in the New Territories have been stopped in their tracks after three males - including their leader - were trapped.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department began placing traps in Tai Wai in April after receiving over 30 complaints.

2 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Mainland has backing as origin of mammals

A new scientific study claims China is the ancestral birthplace of many species of mammals including horses, rhinoceroses, tapirs, and primates found in Europe and North America.

17 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Feeding monkeys could cost $10,000

Feeding the monkeys will draw a stiff fine from early next year.

Agriculture and Fisheries Department chiefs are to crack down on the practice in an effort to bring the burgeoning population of rhesus and long-tailed monkeys under control.

7 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Humans pupils in study of monkeys

One of the favourite animals for visitors to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are the orang-utans. And that's partly because when you look into their eyes there is such a strong, disconcerting feeling that they look so human.

8 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Monkey business on KCR

KCR staff found themselves in a hairy situation yesterday when a banana-brained stowaway refused to alight from a train.

A seven-kilogram monkey flung himself from the train roof into a carriage as scores of passengers got off at the busy Lowu border checkpoint at about 12.15 pm.

Platform staff, unable to evict the pesky primate, sealed off the cabin.

16 Aug 1996 - 12:00am


LIKE all of you, I have been thinking a lot about Korean methods of nut farming lately. Korea is facing a labour shortage. Agricultural workers have been disappearing from the land faster than the good topsoil. They've been going to the cities, preferring cheating tourists in air conditioned shops to the drudgery of the provinces.

6 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Primates well looked after at zoo

ON my current visit to Hongkong I have noted with interest the recent letters and reports in your newspaper concerning conditions for animals, especially the jaguars, in the Hongkong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

7 Jul 1993 - 12:00am