DailyDirt: Smart Primates

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It shouldn't be too surprising that primates (besides humans) can exhibit some pretty amazing complex behavior. We haven't quite managed to get enough skilled (real, not virtual) monkeys together with typewriters to reproduce the works of Shakespeare, but maybe they just need iPads and touchscreen keyboard input (because who hasn't gotten frustrated with a typewriter?). The more we watch our genetic cousins, the more we see how smart they are -- and could be. Here are just a few examples of smart monkeys. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Dec 2013 @ 6:21pm

    "Chimps may not consciously know that they're eating in a healthy way, but their dietary habits get them to eat various leaves near the end of a day when the sugar content of those leaves are highest."

    or they just eat those leaves at the time when they taste nicer !!
    That really requires a lot of intelligence !!!

    "observed whispering behind the back of a (human) "

    monkeys don't whisper !!!!! it may have looked like they were whispering to each other, but monkeys do not use a spoken language to communicate, did you just see "Ice Age" or something, spoiler, that is not the real world !!!

    "when they observe humans acting selfishly, they'll reject offers of food from these 'dangerous' humans. "

    these 'selfish people' would not be offering food in that case !!!! so how does that work ?

    what would have been an indication of intelligence would have been if the two monkeys who "whispered" to each other "planned" something then carried it out in a coordinated fashion, if one had of crouched down behind the man and the other run in front and pushed him over so he tripped over the one behind that would be worthy of comment, it shown planning and communication, but so say 'they whispered' is just stupid, one has to then question the 'intelligence' of the authors of these total 'fluff' 'news' 'reports' !!!

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Dec 2013 @ 5:01am


      Judging from your statements of "fact", I assume you to be an expert in the field of animal behavioral science. With that in mind, what is it about humans that demonstrates possession of intelligence?

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    Pixelation, 2 Dec 2013 @ 6:42pm


    I think most of us are related to the Cappuccino monkeys.

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    roarshock44, 2 Dec 2013 @ 6:42pm

    holy exclamation points !!!

    i was considering countering the previous comment until i saw the surety and determination in those exclamation points.  i am quite certain that any resistance would be foolish in the face of such resolve.  especially given that multiple e-points were consistently used and even emphasized beyond ordinary usage by setting them off with an extra space character !!!

    so i'll be quiet.  i will.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Dec 2013 @ 5:07am

    Animals build homes, use tools and are capable of thinking, maybe not in the way that we are used.

    It makes me wonder, if we take to the stars one day and leave them here alone, would they start telling fantastic stories of gods that had immense power and could do impossible things someday?

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      That One Guy (profile), 3 Dec 2013 @ 8:26am


      Maybe, but the 'legends' would probably go another way...

      '... and that son, is why we are so very lucky that the 'humans' left when they did, a century or so more and they'd have likely blown the planet to piece before we even got started.'

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