Sunday, February 25

Chimps Reach a New Level

Chimpanzees have been seen using spears to hunt bush babies that demonstrates a whole new level of tool use and planning by our closest living relatives. Perhaps even more intriguing, it was only the females who fashioned and used the wooden spears, reported Iowa State University. It was also reported that an adolescent female chimp used a spear to stab a bush baby as it slept in a tree hollow, pull it out and eat it.

Chimps are known to use tools to crack open nuts and fish for termites. Some birds use tools, as do other animals such as gorillas, orangutans and even naked mole rats. But the sophisticated use of a tool to hunt with had never been seen. Adaption is and will play a major role in upcoming years, and this proves it.

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