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Chimpanzees: Even More Like Humans Than We Think

Chimpanzees: Even More Like Humans Than We Think

One more piece of evidence that chimpanzees are far more like humans than we tend to, and probably want to, admit: BBC News reports scientists in Scotland and others from Oxford University have documented behavior which suggests chimpanzees emotionally feel death much like humans do.

In the first case, the behavior of chimps after the death of a terminally ill 50-year-old female chimp at a Scottish safari park was documented with video cameras. Her friends and family became lethargic leading up to the death and stayed with her, grooming her in the final moments. After she died, her daughter stayed near the body, even though she had never slept nearby before.

In the second, also documented on video, mothers of dead chimps carried around and defended the bodies of their dead, and later naturally mummified, offspring for over two months.

Boundaries Between Humans and Animals Not As Clearly Defined
James Anderson, who led the first study:

Several phenomena have at one time or another been considered as setting humans apart from other species: Reasoning ability, language ability, tool use, cultural variation, and self-awareness, for example. But science has provided strong evidence that the boundaries between us and other species are nowhere near to being as clearly defined as people used to think.

It’s Time for Extending Human Rights…
The natural extension of this is, if chimps are better than 99 percent the same as humans biologically, have greater cognitive ability than previously thought, and now also have emotionally-similar grieving to humans, how can we justify testing products on them without consent? How can we keep them in conditions that are less comfortable than we ourselves would stay in? Really, shouldn’t we be talking about extending what we now call human rights to at least some non-human animals?

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6:53AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

:)

4:27PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Only hartless humans can harm animals!

8:55PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

good read!

8:55PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

good read!

7:24AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

many animals are very much like us. And chimps with their way of living are very much human

4:53AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

it is absurd how human beings are pretentious.

1:01AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Maybe they actually ARE human?

12:59AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I am not surprised

12:14AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

they're very much like humans... or humans are very much like them....

1:15AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

I have no problem believing that! Thanks for article!

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