December 18, 2012

Are Western Chimpanzees a New Species?

Cadell Last, Scientific American


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What if I told you there were populations of chimpanzees that made spears to hunt, lived in caves, and loved playing in water?  These are behaviors usually associated with ancient humans, not chimpanzees.  However, recent research has revealed that there are populations of western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) that engage in all of these behaviours, and it is challenging our current understanding of chimpanzee taxonomy.

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TAGGED: Taxonomy, Chimpanzee

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