Friday, January 20, 2012

The Bonobo lifestyle

The bonobo (Pan paniscus) is, among all, the closest ape to modern humans, more like gorillas, orangutans and even chimpanzees. In fact resembles the chimpanzee, but it looks more graceful, his forehead is wider also has long hair on the head, females have slightly prominent breasts in contrast to the flat breasts of other female primates, although not as prominent as those of human females. Differences that make it more like humans. So they erected to the ground to navigate.

In fact, after deciphering the DNA, it was found that bonobos are closer to humans than gorillas. Share, like the chimpanzee, 98% of the genome. Therefore, some experts propose to the bonobo chimpanzee and included in the genus Homo .... Homo sapiens as we are.

It resembles the chimpanzee .... but ... Why is it special?

In the relationship with their peers.

First, they are considered more intelligent than chimpanzees, and can learn up to 500 words they use to communicate easily with us.

And second, while chimpanzees are considered aggressive and territorial, bonobos are very peaceful. Chimpanzees plan to attack other males outside the clan, make war against other clans and kill other apes from time to time. In contrast, bonobos, are very peaceful. Their social structure is matriarchal and solidarity. The females are the leaders of the clan and the tension that is generated from those conflicts involved in the relationship between members living together, calm through sex, not violence.

Sex plays a major role in the societies of bonobos, as they are used as a greeting, as a method of conflict resolution as a means of reconciliation after them, and as payment through favors both males and females in exchange of food. Bonobos are the only primates (besides humans) that have been observed by all the following sexual activities: face-to-face genital sex (primarily female with female, followed in frequency by the female-male sex and male-male rubs) , tongue kissing and oral sex.

Anyway, I like to think that people are closer to the peaceful bonobos than chimpanzees aggressive, though, seeing as provoke wars, we kill each other, we destroy, we end up with entire species, and we settle for social inequalities, I must say we are like chimps, would be quite an insult to them.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Liger, tiglon and Leopon.

Tiger and lion. The crossover between these two species get two animals called Tiglon or Togon and Liger and animals that, as result of the intersection of these two species are so different that seem brothers.

Here are some characteristics of these two species:

LIGER ( male lion + female tiger)- They can measure up to 4 meters in length and can weigh half a ton (500 kg of cat, almost nothing!). The funny thing is that although the length is excessive, their legs and their tails do not grow, and this gives them a more robust appearance, really look a bit fat. They grow and grow until its enormous weight prevents them from walking. Males also have a mane.

TIGLON or Tigon (male tiger + female lion)- These animals do stop growing, because the growth inhibitory gene comes from the lioness. Its size is like a lioness, and in some cases reaches 150 kg more lean and small, gives a more clumsy, less attractive for zoos and circus animals.

In fact, tigers and lions share territories, so that would be unlikely to meet to form these strange crosses. At present, lions and tigers coexist in nature only in the Gir Forest in India.

But the unnatural hybrids do not stop there:

The LEOPON - is the product of a cross between a male leopard and a lioness. The animal's head looks like the lion and the rest of the body resembles a fuzzy leopard spots. The leopones are larger than leopards and combine features of both parents. They have brown spots instead of black and the males have a small mane of 20 cm in length. They like to climb trees and enjoy the water as leopards.
In females there is an internal conflict of having to choose between the solitary lifestyle of the leopard or the lion in the pack.

Anyway, I personally hope that these hybrids do not re-perform, animals that are born of such unions unnatural often born with many problems, many do not reach maturity, they are sterile suffer pains in joints, or have behavior problems .. .