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Chimp Plans For The Future
2012-05-11 05:14:23

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com A chimpanzee at a Swedish zoo first thought to be a nuisance has now been identified as the first animal of its kind to demonstrate the higher brain function of planning for future events in an attempt to solve a problem. Santino the chimpanzee first achieved international notoriety in 2009 for his ritual of gathering stones to throw at zoo visitors. But his real claim to fame might be the study published in the May 9 edition of PLos ONE, which asserts that...

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2009-03-10 10:30:00

A Swedish study showed on Monday what it believes to be the first evidence that an animal other than humans can make spontaneous plans for future events, the Associated Press reported. Researchers have been observing a 31-year-old alpha male chimpanzee named Santino collect small stashes of rocks to throw at patrons of the Furuvik Zoo, about 93 miles north of Stockholm. The chimp's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the zoo and researchers soon became interested in his...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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