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2009-09-28 15:09:49

Spotted hyenas may not be smarter than chimpanzees, but a new study shows that they outperform the primates on cooperative problem-solving tests. Captive pairs of spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) that needed to tug two ropes in unison to earn a food reward cooperated successfully and learned the maneuvers quickly with no training. Experienced hyenas even helped inexperienced partners do the trick. When confronted with a similar task, chimpanzees and other primates often require extensive...

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2009-02-01 14:35:41

Chimpanzees are famous for their aptitude in mimicking human behavior. Now scientists have announced that baby chimps' mental development may be more advanced than human infants. At only nine months old, the animals are as inquisitive and accomplished at recognizing parent figures as the average baby. The scientists who headed the project believe that their findings create important evidence that chimpanzees, like humans, flourish with social interaction. The more one on one their contact...

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2006-02-21 17:35:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ohio State University said on Tuesday it was closing its chimpanzee research program and sending its remaining nine chimps to a refuge where they will no longer be used for research. The university said it was following the lead of other institutions that have scaled back research using chimpanzees, the closest genetic relative of human beings. "While we are rightfully proud of the outstanding research that has evolved from Ohio State's primate cognition project in the...