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Are Chimps Smarter than Humans? (3 videos)

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Chimps and humans are nearly 99 percent alike in their genetic makeup. Scientists and researchers have conducted myriad studies of their intelligence. These 3 fascinating videos show some of the results. It turns out that they are smarter than us in a number of ways.

The first two videos pit chimpanzees against humans, with surprising results. The third one, on page 3, shows how clever a chimp can be when left to his own devices.

This first video from ABC News shows how much better a chimpanzee’s short term memory is than a human’s when his reward is a tasty peanut treat, and the goodies keep coming. Peanuts are so yummy.

The video on page 2 pits a chimpanzee against a human child, with similar results, and a peanut reward at the end. And in the video on page 3 getting the peanut is the ultimate challenge and reward.

Maybe the answer is that chimps love peanuts more than we do!

Watch and see what you think.

Photo credit: TheBusyBrain

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7:03AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:35AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Animals don't have to read scripture. The Bible says that they already know God! ;)

5:10PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Awesome!

5:10PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Awesome!

8:40PM PST on Dec 25, 2010

Hey everyone, you can help the Jane Goodall Institute (they work for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat) win $10,000!

4:22PM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

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1:08PM PDT on Aug 18, 2010

Thanks for the article Cris. I love how animals keep surprising us with abilities we never thought they had.

What's your point susan? Are you saying that they are lesser beings than we are? How does being able to memorise 10 versus from the bible make us smart, when after our recital, we go out and further destroy our world, kill, lie and cheat each other. How smart is that?

9:30PM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

Sure, humans may be the most intelligent species on Earth but they sure do some stupid things. And some horrible things in history have happened because people were simply following orders. Don't be afraid to break the rules - that's what leads to heroism and creativity.

7:34AM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Lynn C. is right. Plus, the chimps did not mind breaking the rules. The kids followed the instructions. Maybe this should be used as a lesson in socialization, rather than learning and memory.

9:34AM PDT on Jul 31, 2010

Interesting!

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