Archive for the ‘Great Apes’ category

Some evidence for the cultural intelligence hypothesis

September 11, 2007

“Humans have many cognitive skills not possessed by their nearest primate relatives. The cultural intelligence hypothesis argues that this is mainly due to a species-specific set of social-cognitive skills, emerging early in ontogeny, for participating and exchanging knowledge in cultural groups. ”

Some elegant experiments on human children, chimps and orangs suggest that we posess some specialised social-cognitive skills… – See article in Nature 

And this discussion on the blog.


BBC ‘interviews’ Kanzi and Sue Savage Rumbaugh

August 3, 2006

Just a very sweet interview with our cousins the bonobos!

 Listen here… 

Listen to Kanzi and Panbanisha ‘talk’ on NPR

July 9, 2006


Visit the famous bonobos with Sue Savage-Rumbaugh on NPR streamed radio.

NPR presents a whole series ‘Exploring Language’ with stories on Bonobos, other animals, autism and great timeline on the ‘Evolution of Human Language Research’.