Monkey Talk!

Chimpanzees, Gorillas and Bonobos are capable of intellectual performances once thought exclusive to humans due to their strikingly similar brains and nervous system.

These include obvious theory of mind in decision making (i.e. the understanding of other individuals train of thought), sophisticated group co-operation, and tool making and use. Some captive individuals have also been taught American sign language and can communicate in up to 300 signs. it has also been proved that Chimps are capable of symbolic representation and concept of self (recognising themselves in the mirror).

The ape infancy is also much paralleled with that of humans. During childhood apes learn mostly from those around them using observation, imitation and mimicry. Through this culture is able to form throughout each society – another feature once thought to be unique to humans.

Illustration by starv1nart1st.

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