Friday, February 23, 2007

Chimps Attempting to Evolve

Chimps have been observed routinely making wood spears to catch prey. According to the article, the chimps are living in an environment similar to where humans first evolved. But it's mainly the female chimps who make and use the spears, which means they still haven't learned the skill that is key to civilization - manipulating the males. An anthropologist quoted in the article makes the point that the female chimps create the spears out of necessity: caring for children makes chasing food more difficult, so they've invented an easier method of catching food. But if they could convince the males to use the spears to catch food for them, they'd be one step closer to convincing them to settle down in a nice field, maybe build a shelter to protect themselves from the elements. Oh no! No one introduce those chimps to these monkeys. They might figure it out!

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Blogger Rog said...

Very nice. I hadn't seen that onion article before.

2/24/2007 2:45 PM  

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