Great apes don't ape

Chimpanzees resemble us: genetically they are 98,5% identical. Similarities of chimpanzees and humans are good stories in the media. Claudio Tennie, behavioral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, calls these stories into question. His central question is why chimpanzees live in such a different way than humans do, although they are so similar. His results are interesting: Obviously chimpanzees don't learn as much from imitating as we thought. This is maybe the key to the different ways of living of chimpanzees and humans.


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