Introduction: Chimpanzees are part of the non-human primate group. Though we share a common ancestor, evolution has pushed us in different directions. However this common ancestor causes humans to be curious about these creatures. As discussed in Jane Goodall’s video Among the Wild Chimpanzees we were once considered to be human because of our use of tools but once we observed these non-human primates using tools, this perception was changed forever. The question now at hand is if having the chimpanzees that we study in captivity makes a difference between studying wild chimps.
7 Intelligence Milestones", 2011). Gorillas exhibit this intelligence potential in their ability to communicate, be self-aware, and make and use tools ("History & Milestones,", 2016). Intelligence, as it is used in this paper, means the capacity of a mind to understand what is happening around to acquire knowledge and apply it in practice. The gorillas this paper refers to are in captivity, and their intelligence compared to humans’ intelligence is being tested by scientists who raise the gorillas from very young ages ("History & Milestones,", 2016). Gorillas have exceptional communication skills.
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NON HUMAN PRIMATES Non human primates’ social organization can provide useful information how human social evolution occurs. We will go over main points of how similar and different non human primates such as chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas’ society are compared to ours, humans. Chimpanzee Social Organization and Communication Chimpanzees (Figure 1) are the closest living relatives to us, and they share 99 percent of our DNA (1). Chimpanzees have distinct group territoriality. Male chimpanzees “patrol” near the boundary between the two ranges, at that time they move very carefully and quietly, and they can cease to listen and observe the range of their neighbors.
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