So You Think You are Smarter than a 5 Year Old Chimpanzees


It’s amazing what this chimpanzee is able to do

Once again chimps astonish researchers as they rival their human counterparts. The Monkey Texas Holdemresults showed that the chimps, “while no more accurate than the people, could do this faster”.

Think you’re smarter than a fifth-grader? How about a 5-year-old chimp? Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won.

That challenges the belief of many people, including many scientists, that “humans are superior to chimpanzees in all cognitive functions,” said researcher Tetsuro Matsuzawa of Kyoto University.

“No one can imagine that chimpanzees – young chimpanzees at the age of 5 – have a better performance in a memory task than humans,” he said in a statement.

Posted December 4, 2007 by
Education, Fun | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “So You Think You are Smarter than a 5 Year Old Chimpanzees”

    1. LilPuma on December 4th, 2007 4:37 pm

      Red, you little rascal. Reminding us again how smart monkeys are. They’re APES, remember? :-) 99% the same DNA as humans. You can actually use a chimp’s blood for a human transfusion. Maybe they’re smarter than humans in some ways and I’m glad these researchers have some proof of it. Go Monkeys! And Apes! Check out the Gorilla Foundation and the gorillas (98% the same DNA as humans) that have learned sign language. Koko, who befriended a kitten she named Ball. Michael, now deceased, who described through sign language and miming how his family (in the wild) was killed. This Foundation is building a gorilla sanctuary in Hawaii so gorilla families, endangered in Africa, can be moved there to save the species. They are also working to save them in their native habitats. Remember too that chimps, intelligent and social animals so similar to us physically and emotionally, are still being kept alone in cages (cruel in and of itself) and being used for medical experiments. Check out the website of NAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society), I believe. I wouldn’t feel bad if a chimp beat me at some of these things, I’d be cheering for the chimps.

    2. LilPuma on December 4th, 2007 4:43 pm

      And the Gorilla Foundation is
      If anyone’s interested.

    3. Richard on December 4th, 2007 10:36 pm

      Looking at the specimens that we see on Aruba … it’s not hard at all to believe that chimps can remember better than adults, at least some.

      Frankly, if you compare the morality of humans vs. chimps, I’m not sure who would win.

      But compare Arubans vs. chimps … no contest.

    4. LilPuma on December 5th, 2007 12:44 am

      I think that’s true for many species. Could be why I was drawn to help animals in any way I can. Physically, I can’t go out and put myself between Japanese whalers and the magnificent and intelligent whales they slaughter, like Greenpeace. Financially, I can’t open a sanctuary. But I can write. I write a lot. To CEO’s, governors, US Forest Service, Mitsubishi, Mexican authorities, congresspersons, etc. I’m a pretty good writer. :-) And I pray for all who are victims of the greed, arrogance and ignorance of humans, whether it’s Natalee Holloway and her family, an animal caught in a leg-hold trap or a baby orangutan clinging to it’s dead mother and pulled from her for sale to God knows who.

    5. LilPuma on December 5th, 2007 12:46 am

      Aruba, like those chimps, we won’t forget.

    6. Carpe Noctem on December 5th, 2007 2:02 am

      If they could only work on that li’l nasty poo throwin’ habit… they could really be
      THE WHOLE PACKAGE, ya know?

    7. LilPuma on December 5th, 2007 4:02 am

      LOLOLOLOL Carpe!

      I was just signing some darn petition to try and prevent Japan from engaging in illegal whale hunting when I thought of how I said chimps are 99% the same as us and it’s the 1% that makes them smarter. ::scratches head::

    8. Richard on December 5th, 2007 10:22 am

      Lil Puma, they’re moving gorillas from Africa to Hawaii? That seems sort of weird in itself … though anything possible to promote their survival should be encouraged.

      Hawaii seems, well, not the right kind of place.

    9. LilPuma on December 5th, 2007 2:07 pm

      Richard, this is from If you want to read more, click on the Maui Preserve link. There’s maps and pics and also stuff about Koko, her friend Ndume and gorillas and people learning to communicate. The gorillas will live free and safe.

      The Gorilla Foundation is constructing a unique and critically important gorilla preserve on west Maui, Hawaii. The Maui Ape Preserve will provide a natural environment for Koko and other gorillas, and is a vital step toward saving the species from imminent extinction. MAP will consist of a secluded Sanctuary on 70 acres of land provided by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, and a unique high-tech Visitor Education Center in a convenient tourist location. Construction is in progress

      The Gorilla Sanctuary will be located in the hills of West Maui, on a 70-acre site provided by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company (MLP). We owe special thanks to MLP’s Director Emeritus, Mary Cameron Sanford, in memory of whose son, Allan G. Sanford, the Sanctuary is being named. The tropical environment—vegetation and climate—of this site is much like the native habitat of gorillas in central Africa.

      The 70-acre site will be developed in 3 phases. Phases 1 and 2 (collectively) consist of two large and transparently enclosed outdoor “habitats,” connected to gorilla houses (optional retreats), a large interspecies communication research and gorilla-care building, two staff houses, and a quarantine (for adaptation of incoming gorillas). Completion of Phase 1 will enable the Gorilla Foundation to move Koko and Ndume to the Sanctuary, with room for their family to expand. Phase 2 provides room for additional gorillas and a central interspecies communication research building. Phase 3 will involve expansion of gorilla habitats as needed, and according to land availabilty and funding constraints.

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