From dipping to fishing

Scientists retool thinking about chimp innovation

By Susan Gaidos, 00:00 AM May 21, 2008

Chimpanzees not only share our ability to use tools. They also share our ability to create tools for a specific purpose. A group of Japanese scientists recently witnessed this inventiveness in action.


The researchers watched a 5-year-old chimp named JJ use a long twig to capture ants in a new way. At first meeting with only limited success, the innovative chimp then refashioned his tool for better results.


Tool use among chimpanzees is well documented. Chimps in some communities, for example,...

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