Friday, July 14, 2017

#MatchMaking: Dry Lake juveniles

This new post in our chimp matching series introduces a current proposal at Chimp & See, and asks you to help us decide if they match or not.  This week, we're looking at some of the juveniles from the Dry Lake 11 site.

First, we have a young chimp known as DL11Juv15 (for the Dry Lake 11 site, the 15th juvenile found):

We believe this is a male chimp, and our volunteers have described him as a large juvenile with a long, overall dark face.  We also see round ears that stick out on the side, and thin brows with a tiny bald spot at the hairline between them.  We also see a bald patch in the hair on his left arm near the elbow, and on the left shoulder.

Here are the full video clips of this chimp: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3

Now, here is another young chimp from Dry Lake (the one on the left):

He or she is similar in size to our DL11Juv15.  Our volunteers describe him or her as having even face coloration, ears that stick out, a tiny bald spot in the middle of the brows, and a bald spot on the right shoulder.

Here are the full video clips of this chimp (it's the one that looks at the camera and then walks toward it): Clip 1, Clip 2

Finally, we have this juvenile from Dry Lake (the one on the left):

We don't see much, but our volunteers see a similar body size as the other two juveniles.  S/he also appears to have bald spots on both shoulders, as well as a hairless right wrist.  The only missing feature seems to be the bald spot above the brow.

Here is the full video clip of this chimp (again, the one who begins on the left and leaves around :04 seconds): Clip

What do you think?

Are these chimps matches to each other?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below, or join our ongoing discussion over at Chimp & See.

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