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Originally posted by apacheman
The operative words here are "never before seen"...sort of like Europeans "discovering" America. The behaviors have been there for thousands of years, just no one was paying attention. Most animals are pretty self-aware and are far more intelligent than given credit for.
Here's a video of Japanese macaques who enjoy a day at the hot springs spa:
And an article about a Macaque genius:
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
Frankly, i do not trust the idea that chimps never sat in the pond. And it is known that great apes can use tools. It is different thing to hunt with a spear then to crash a nut between two rocks, but i did not see a spear hunt, just chimp with a stick.
So far i saw nothing extraordinary, but i have to admit that i watched only beginning of the video. If there are phalanxes of marching chimps with spears, consider me wrong.
Originally posted by wiredamerican
I believe we give our primate relatives less credit than is due. Or any other living being for this matter. The only reason humans are so advanced is we figured out how to educate the young with knowledge passed down from generation to generation.
If the monkeys started passing down more and more info, I believe they would be perfectly capable of feats such as us humans have experienced.
And the big question is, what if they have been passing this memory language system of knowledge from generations down, but we are not advanced enough to notice it.
The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man -- whether this be in entertainment, as "pets," for food, in research laboratories, or any of the other uses to which we subject them. -- Jane Goodall
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Wow, thanks for that....What an incredibly fascinating series, revealing some amazing things about apes... S&F!
Sometimes I wonder if there is a secondary evolution of apes to man that is happening right before our very eyes. And if that is the case, and apes are evolving into man for the second time (or maybe even the 100th time?), then I have to wonder what are humans evolving into?