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Sleep Soundly: Images of Primate Nests

Chimpanzee Nest

Chimpanzees build a new nest every night.

(Image credit: Joey Verge, under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

A chimpanzee nest in Kenya.

Young Chimpanzee

A young chimpanzee among vegetation.

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Fiona Stewart in a Chimp Nest

Anthropologist sleeps in chimp nest

(Image credit: Fiona Stewart & W.C. McGrew)

University of Cambridge Anthropologist Fiona Stewart perches in a chimp nest. Stewart spent 6 nights crashing in chimp nests to test what benefits sleeping in these assemblages brings to the apes.

Jennifer Welsh is a Connecticut-based science writer and editor and a regular contributor to Live Science. She also has several years of bench work in cancer research and anti-viral drug discovery under her belt. She has previously written for Science News, VerywellHealth, The Scientist, Discover Magazine, WIRED Science, and Business Insider.