Monday, September 17, 2012

Chimp Genius

Smarter than the average chimp? Well, it appears that (just like humans) some chimps are smarter than others. One of these is a female chimp named Natasha, a resident of the Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda. This adult female chimp in her 20s scored off the charts in a battery of tests. The findings, published in the latest Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggest that geniuses exist among non-humans. So far researchers have not been able to identify a general intelligence factor. Rather, Natasha’s performance might be a bundling of skills related to learning, tool usage, understanding of quantities, and an ability to reach conclusions based on evidence and reasoning. They do surmise, that a willingness to learn and a positive attitude seem to make as big of a difference in dogs, chimps, and other animals as they do in humans.

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