Monday, January 30, 2012

Primatial Gestures

“Datuk T”, the trio of UMNO-affiliated cads is back with yet another "sex" disclosure on Anwar. They had made a smilar expose previously but on Friday, they claimed they were in possession of a new sex video on Anwar which was “more shocking” than that screened previously. This video was purportedly recorded on January 12 and 13, 2011 in Thailand.

Prime Minister Najib Razak quickly moved to distance himself from this latest revelation, saying he is in the dark over its existence. It was mentioned in one news report that he laughed it off. I don’t know what is so funny about it but I suppose Anwar’s continued entanglement in anything that is sex-related, can only benefit Najib, or so he thinks!

It looks like Anwar’s detractors will not leave him be. I reckon he will have to live with this “Sex and Anwar” label for as long as he poses a threat to UMNO. It’s really gutter politics but can you blame UMNO? Playing dirty is something they do all the time!

A team of researchers from Scotland’s University of St Andrews studied wild chimpanzees and found out that they use at least 66 distinct gestures to communicate with each other. In an article that I read in BBC Earth News (published May 05, 2011), the scientists were reported to have filmed a group of the animals in order to decipher this "gestural repertoire". The team then studied 120 hours of footage of the chimps interacting, looking for signs that the animals were intentionally signalling to each other – these findings were then published in the journal Animal Cognition.

Previous studies on captive chimps have suggested the animals have about 30 different gestures.

"So this [result] shows quite a large repertoire," lead researcher Dr Catherine Hobaiter told BBC News.

And in another part of the world, British wildlife photographers Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers successfully captured the intriguing portraits below while on assignment in “Borneo” – this refers to both Sarawak and Sabah and Indonesia, i.e. Kalimantan.

What does this tell you? That not much separates humans from our primate cousins – and the photos below only seek to underline that fact.

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