Re: [xmca] questions about animals' tool use

From: Paul Dillon <phd_crit_think who-is-at>
Date: Sun Apr 22 2007 - 15:29:27 PDT

One needs to recognize that there are different species of chimp. I haven't heard these reports of chimp violence for the Bonobo chimp although it is well known that pan troglodytes, the kind used in old R. Reagan movies, can be quite vicious. This species has even been known to organize "war" parties to murder males of the same band that had attempted to separate off, taking females to form new bands.
  Paul Dillon

Mike Cole <> wrote:
  Yes, the peaceful chimp myth seems pretty far gone.
But look at how much more efficient the symbolic intelligence of humans
human beings to kill each other while eating themselves out of house and
home!! If it weren't so dangerous to use irony in this medium, I might be
tempted to say it makes me proud of my fellow humans.

On 4/22/07, Peter Smagorinsky wrote:
> American researchers in West Africa believe they've found the first
> instance
> of an animal (other than humans) building a multi- step weapon, after
> observing wild chimpanzees grab sticks from one to four feet long, sharpen
> the ends with their teeth, and murderously jab them into deep tree hollows
> where delicious bush babies may be nesting. Writing in the journal Current
> Biology, the team even reported observing the chimps tasting the tips
> after
> the stabs, to ascertain whether they had actually located a prey. (One of
> the researchers said the ferocity of the jabbing reminded her of the
> shower
> scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.) [Tampa Tribune- Washington Post,
> 2-23-07]
> _______________________________________________
> xmca mailing list
xmca mailing list

Ahhh...imagining that irresistible "new car" smell?
 Check outnew cars at Yahoo! Autos.
xmca mailing list
Received on Sun Apr 22 16:31 PDT 2007

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Fri Mar 21 2008 - 16:41:48 PDT