Friday, September 13, 2013

The Best Students In The Animal Kingdom

The common chimpanzee is often held up as the most intelligent non-human primate--well, really, the most intelligent non-human animal--on the planet. But that ignores the brilliance of the common chimp's close relative: the bonobo.

Kanzi is probably the best-known bonobo in the world; now in her early 30s, Kanzi has exhibited the most linguistic abilities of any bonobo in history. Among her accomplishments are mastering Pac-Man, figuring out that toasting marshmallows over a fire is delicious, learning to communicate with both lexigrams and American Sign Language, and attempting to communicate vocally (although this is mostly incomprehensible, as bonobo vocal cords are very different from our own).

Source: Here

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