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Chimpanzees 'hunt using spears'

Posted on Friday, 23 February, 2007 | Comment icon 19 comments


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"Submited by Waspie Dwarf: Chimpanzees in Senegal have been observed making and using wooden spears to hunt other primates, according to a study in the journal Current Biology."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Raptor X7 on 25 February, 2007, 14:24
is it more likely that one out of that group came up with a use for a tool(through observance or invention) and the rest copied it? Or, is it more likely that the majority came up with the same idea all at once? Whether it was only an individual or not is irrelevant, it still shows that the species it capable of coming up with new ideas. That's what's important.
Comment icon #11 Posted by artymoon on 25 February, 2007, 14:40
Whether it was only an individual or not is irrelevant, it still shows that the species it capable of coming up with new ideas. That's what's important. I was trying to make the point that copying is part of the early learning process. Take for example a kid learning how to swing a golf club and hit the ball, at first he tries to mimic what his dad is doing. Eventually it works, he hits the ball. He doesn't know why it worked, except that it works because he copied his dad. Later, when the kid has played more and more golf, he starts to understand how his swing affects the ball flight. It does... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Raptor X7 on 25 February, 2007, 14:53
What's important is that an individual of the species was able to come up with a new idea by itself. There's a different mental process between doing something you've already been taught or have observed, and coming up with a completely unique method. I'm not saying it's not important if they have learnt from others, just that that's been done for decades, it's not really anything new. It's a lot rarer that they develop something themselves.
Comment icon #13 Posted by artymoon on 25 February, 2007, 15:00
What's important is that an individual of the species was able to come up with a new idea by itself. There's a different mental process between doing something you've already been taught or have observed, and coming up with a completely unique method. The Wright Brothers didn't invent flying, they invented the plane.. which coincidentally looks like a bird. All they did was observe nature(which really means everything), and applied it to what they wanted to accomplish. They were trying to copy what a bird can do.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Bulldog1974 on 25 February, 2007, 22:42
what people don't understand is that Chimps can act and be very human like. they can sign language their needs and wants, but cannot speak. Most chimps in human company take on human traits.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Sc4v3ng3r on 26 February, 2007, 6:08
Unlike us, a chimp cannot build a tool...using another primary tool. This property is unique to mankind, and thus caused technological evolution. Tools used to build other tools. The spears that were used by the chimps are probably just branches that were ripped off in a way that left them sharp at the edge. But they were certainly not worked to be that way by using lets say..a sharp rock(primary tool). They are already smaller apes that can use rocks to break a Walnut. Using a "spear" to kill a prey is pretty much the same. The difference is how that spear was made, what is its effeciency? So... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Bulldog1974 on 26 February, 2007, 21:50
I remember watching something on TV about chimps. It showed them doing many tasks that humans can do. Most memorable was a chimp in front of a TV game computer playing(?) some game. What ever game it was, the chimp was enjoying him/her self. I read that chimps will watch TV, if there is something on with a lot of action and noise...It must hold their interest like a kid. So maybe these cousins of man are more intellegent than we give credit for.
Comment icon #17 Posted by secondhand on 27 February, 2007, 14:53
Most chimps, if they live in human presence, naturally take on more human traits. Afterall, man is still considered a primate to an extent. Man is a primate. We are classed in that Order. I remember reading that they were going to reclassify chimps into the Homo genus, but I never found out if they did or not. If anyone culd enlighten me I would be most grateful, as they are brilliant and I would be honoured to share a genus with them. I don't like it when people dress them up and make them take cocaine.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Bulldog1974 on 27 February, 2007, 23:29
Man is a primate. We are classed in that Order. I remember reading that they were going to reclassify chimps into the Homo genus, but I never found out if they did or not. If anyone culd enlighten me I would be most grateful, as they are brilliant and I would be honoured to share a genus with them. I don't like it when people dress them up and make them take cocaine. I know of no one who has given chimps illegal drugs.. why would you post that fact? Humans do dress chimps up, in human clothes, and it makes them seem more human, but to give drugs, that is a most illogical statement....chimps ar... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by secondhand on 1 March, 2007, 19:22
I just heard that's how they used to make them act funny on the old PG Tips adverts.


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