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Monkeys choose best tools to crack nuts

Posted on Saturday, 8 January, 2011 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: CC 3.0 Zoo Zagreb

In a demonstration of human-like behaviour monkeys are very selective about the tools they use.

Wild capuchin monkeys were filmed weighing up the correct 'anvil' to use to crack a particular nut. "The detection of such a complex property has not been demonstrated in animal tool use before, as far as I know," said study leader Wing Liu.

"Wild capuchin monkeys are very selective about the best way to crack a nut, according to scientists."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Mistydawn on 6 January, 2011, 18:09
Huh! Intellegence in monkeys, what next? Intellegence in humans? Nah!
Comment icon #2 Posted by electro13 on 8 January, 2011, 14:36
Aaah yes. Our brothers and sisters in the jungles and forests. Dont you worry my little freinds!! Man will embrace you as equals one day!!
Comment icon #3 Posted by farandaway on 8 January, 2011, 18:45
Aaah yes. Our brothers and sisters in the jungles and forests. Dont you worry my little freinds!! Man will embrace you as equals one day!! They may be too intelligent to embrace us back! After all we're the dufuses (dufi?) that will probably destroy their homes.
Comment icon #4 Posted by electro13 on 8 January, 2011, 18:59
Exactly. If man ever sorts his act out.
Comment icon #5 Posted by 27vet on 9 January, 2011, 7:01
Planet of the Apes might become a true story.

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