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Chimps armed with spears

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#16    Isis2200


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Posted 25 February 2007 - 12:47 AM


Its seems that our furry little cousins are constructing sharp-tipped spears in order to injure/kill hiding animals. Chimpanzees have been noted for using other tools before, but this is something new, and personally I think it is amazing. This is not a simple, get-a-stick-and-get-some-ants-out action, it needs abstract thinking and significant alteration of the environment (breaking off the branch, getting the bark off and sharpening it.)

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The bbc.com article

Yep, looks like our furry little cousins are evolving.

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 12:04 AM

It's not evolution, it's learning. They have the capability to do amazing things, they just need to work it out and then pass that knowledge on.

If Gorillas can learn sign language, then this doesn't REALLY suprise me.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 11:36 PM

I betcha' all 10 bucks by 2010 they'll be speaking broken English....

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 11:55 PM


I betcha' all 10 bucks by 2010 they'll be speaking broken English....

There are actually apes who have already been able to communicate efficiently with humans using different methods. A chimp named Washoe and an urangutan named Chantek both learnt to communicate over two hundred seperate words using sign language and understand over a thousand more.

The most amazing is probably Kanzi, a bonobo. He's able to communicate hundreds of different words using a diagram of printed symbols. But it's been reported that he's vocalized several words (in bonobo language...'bonobian'?) to other bonobo's, who've understood what he's telling them.

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