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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

SCIENTISTS STUDY GORILLA WHO USES TOOLS

Are they getting smarter? Or are we just not as smart as we've always thought? At any rate, isn't she the cutest little thing?

It had been thought that the premeditated use of stones and sticks to accomplish a task like cracking nuts was restricted to humans and the smaller, more agile chimpanzees. Then in late September, keepers at a Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International sanctuary in this eastern Congo city saw 2 1/2-year-old female gorilla Itebero smashing palm nuts between rocks in the "hammer and anvil" technique, considered among the most complex tool use behaviors.

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