Are Chimps Smarter than Humans? (3 videos)

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

In this video from National Geographic you’ll see a fascinating experiment comparing problem solving by chimps and human children. They’re each presented with a black box in which they do various manipulations on the top before they get their peanut reward from a hole below. Next they are presented with a see-through box where it is obvious that the top manipulations meant nothing; the reward is immediately available through its hole.

Most of the children proceed to go through the top manipulations again the way they had been shown before they go for the reward.

Most of the chimps skip the nonsense and go straight for the peanuts.

Who’s smarter? You decide.

OK, so that was a contest between a chimp and a small boy. But what about you personally?

Go to page 3 for your test to see if you are smarter than a chimp.

Photo Credit: hagit

Could You Get the Peanut?

Before you see how the clever chimp does it, pause the video a moment and figure out how you would get the peanut out of the tube which is fixed to the bars of the cage and can’t be moved.

OK? Done? Now watch how the chimp solves this puzzle.

Photo credit: lightmatter


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

.4 years ago

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

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Arthur Killings
Arthur Killings6 years ago

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

Emma Frandsen
Past Member 6 years ago

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charmaine c.
Charmaine C6 years ago

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?

Elizabeth C.
Past Member 6 years ago

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.

Janice P.
Janice P6 years ago

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.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago