Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Chimps Smarter Than Humans

Orphaned baby chimpanzees that were given loving care from humans scored better on 9-month-old IQ tests than average human babies.

Humans and chimps are very closely related, sharing about 98 percent of genes. The genetic differences are now being scrutinized and should provide insight into human origins. Human and chimp lines are thought to have diverged 4-7 million years ago.

(image: young chimpanzee, odds-bodkins.blogspot.com)