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Saturday, May 20, 2006

New study Reveals Apes can plan ahead

According to a study published in the latest issue of journal Science. Bonobos and orangutans are capable of future planning. Dr Josep Call, from the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology spearheaded the study.The study showed that individuals are able to pick up a tool, transport it to a different location, keep it there for at least an hour, and bring it back to solve a problem. Humans and bonobos evolved into separate lineages about five to seven million years ago and orangutans about 14 million years ago. The German team suggests such skills may have evolved about 14 million years ago, when bonobos, orangutans and humans shared a common ancestor.

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