28 Aug '12, 2am

Bonobos Can Make Stone Tools…and That’s Freaking Cool

Bonobos Can Make Stone Tools…and That’s Freaking Cool

In yet another experiment that adds to the ever-mounting evidence that humans aren’t special at all, scientists at the University of Haifa in Israel have observed bonobos making stone tools on par with those made by early humans. Bonobos, along with chimpanzees, are human’s closest living relatives. Those two apes make up the genus Pan, while humans are in the genus Homo. Chimpanzees are known tool-users, but bonobos aren’t known for this. However, in captivity, they have been known to bash some rocks together. Two of the bonobos in this current study — Kanzi and Pan-Banisha – were taught to make stone tools in the 1990s , but it looks like Kanzi has been doing his homework because he proved to be a brilliant problem solver. According to Phys.org: The researchers challenged Kanzi and Pan-Banisha to break wooden logs and to dig underground, tests similar to tasks the apes m...

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