New study finds today’s gorillas may be smarter than human ‘ancestors’ of three million years ago
Posted on November 13, 2019
The great apes, including humans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans, are very intelligent. But how does the intelligence of living great apes, such as Koko the gorilla, compare with our 3 million-year-old relatives, such as “Lucy” the Australopithecine?
New breast cancer research shows promise for the future
Posted on July 30, 2018
A major challenge in cancer research is to find agents that target cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone and unharmed. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments can have many undesirable side effects because they damage healthy cells as well.
Research explores the social life of one of Africa's most iconic animals
Posted on September 20, 2017
Giraffes are now listed as a threatened species, and it is said that there are currently fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa. Research taking place at the University of Pretoria, will ensure a greater understanding of this species.
Africa Science Leadership Programme: second round of success
Posted on May 09, 2016
As the challenges we face in the world, and especially in Africa, become more complex, a different style of science leadership is required. The Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) was launched in June 2015 to address this, and recently concluded its second round of interactions with...
Searching for the dirty truth
Posted on August 20, 2015
The Endocrine Research Laboratory (ERL), in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, has established numerous non-invasive tests for a wide range of species.
The pangolin’s plight
Posted on July 01, 2015
Dr Christine Steyn, of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, is one of only a few people doing research on the anatomy of this shy animal.