Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday's Primate Party

While past Friday's Primate Parties have included the occasional scientific article, I tend to find most of my stories via Google Alerts. This approach does bring up some good stuff, as well as an awful lot of quotes from athletes who want to get the monkey off their backs. For example, this week I'd already decided to mention SpongeBob, the Bolivian spider monkey who just can't get a date (but he's so cute!) and some Chinese escape artists who are now living free on the zoo's grounds.

Must... find... my square pants before my big date...

But future parties might be a bit geekier now that I've discovered this resource at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's National Primate Research Center. It's a veritable treasure trove of bloggable delights - they must have a much better search system than me.

The Mid West is also home to this online primate behaviour course that I'd love to take, but don't have the time or money for. Sigh. Maybe one day. There's still time for me to be the next David Attenborough, right?

By the way, I've just switched to using Firefox (yes, I know, I'm kinda behind the curve here) and I'm loving the spell-check-as-you-type feature. I'm an excellent speller but a sloppy typist, especially in the morning, so it's saving me a lot of backtracking!

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