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Shocka! Chimps’ mental agility “cast into doubt”

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In “Chimps lose out by aping others” (New Scientist, 23 April 2011), we learn,

Chimps seem curiously unable to use their own initiative to gain the best possible reward if this means behaving in a different way to a dominant group member.

However,

Hopper is not convinced that this behaviour means that chimps are less clever than we thought. “Copying what a dominant group member does could help the chimps to maintain alliances,” she says, much like the way humans follow fashion trends.

News flash: “Troubled pop star turns up as homeless bag lady. Millions of women follow suit.”

2 Replies to “Shocka! Chimps’ mental agility “cast into doubt”

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    Charles says:

    There is a reason such behavior was called “monkey see, monkey do”

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    bornagain77 says:

    semi OT: Researchers caught using the “Fit, Damn You, FIT!!!” method of science, for trying to establish a unbroken evolutionary relationship between man and primates:

    Primate Phylogenetics Researchers Swinging from Tree to Tree – Casey Luskin
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....46021.html

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