Chimpanzees talk just like us: Scientists record primates using gestures in the same way people use words

Man's closest animal relative, chimps, communicate in a distinctly 'human-like' way, scientists have found.    

The primates use gestures that follow some of the same rules as basic human language, according to Daily Mail. 

One was Zipf's law of abbreviation, which says commonly used words tend to be shorter, and the other is Menzerath's law, which predicts that larger linguistic structures are made up of shorter parts - such as syllables within spoken words. 

Experts made the discovery after studying videos of wild chimps living in Uganda's Budongo Forest Reserve.

Like other great apes, chimpanzees lack the ability to speak but have previously been shown to use meaningful gestures to communicate with one another. 

Climate change: 'Future proofing' forests to protect orangutans

A study has identified key tree species that are resilient to climate change and support critically endangered apes.

Planting them could help future proof rainforests, which are a key habitat for orangutans, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN, according to BBC

Researchers surveyed 250 plants in Indonesia's Kutai National Park.

Over 1,000 orangutans are thought to inhabit the park, as well as other rare animals such as the Malayan sun bear.

Toothless species of dinosaur that lived 100 million years ago and fed on eggs is discovered

A small, chicken-sized dinosaur that lived 100 million years ago has been unearthed by scientists in Mongolia.

It had huge shell crushing jaws and probably fed on eggs, seeds and molluscs thanks to its powerful mouth muscles, overcoming the fact it had no teeth.

It has been named Gobiraptor minutus after the Gobi desert where it was dug up, according to Daily Mail.

Resembling a giant chicken, it was a member of the crested oviraptorosaurs that featured in Jurassic Park.

Pandas used to be meat-eaters!

Scientists say the ancestors of the bamboo-loving animals were carnivores and had a more varied diet, say scientists

Pandas exist on a diet of solely bamboo, but their ancestors enjoyed a more varied diet that once included meat. 

It is thought the black-and-white bears evolved into vegetarians slowly over thousands of years, according to Daily Mail.

The most likely explanation is that they undertook changes in habitat, where available food types varied.

It remains unknown what meat the ancient bears would have enjoyed.

World's biggest animals evolved to walk on their tiptoes because it allowed them to develop stronger legs

There is a reason that many of the largest mammals, from rhinos and hippos to giraffes, walk on tiptoe, according to Daily Mail.

Starting to walk on their toes and hooves may have allowed these animals to become huge and take over the planet.

A study of 880 mammals has found many rapidly grew in size at the same time they evolved from being flat-footed to walking on tiptoes.