Thursday, September 19, 2002

MORE EVIDENCE OF HUMANS' NONUNIQUENESS

New fieldwork reveals chimps teach young
Seiji Osumi Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

It has been generally believed that not even chimpanzees, the anthropoids closest to humans, are capable of teaching their young, and that their offspring learn by watching and "aping" their parents.

However, Michio Nakamura, a 31-year-old researcher at the Japan Monkey Center in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, has found evidence to the contrary.

"I saw a mother chimpanzee take her baby's hands and try to teach it how to groom itself," Nakamura said....