Chimps Use Spears!


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A team led by Iowa State University anthropology professor Jill Pruetz witnessed the spearing of a bushbaby in Fongoli, Senegal, during an observation of chimpanzees from March 2005 to July 2006. In a study being released Thursday in the online version of the journal Current Biology, Pruetz documents 22 cases of chimps using spear-like tools to hunt bushbabies (a small primate that lives in hollow branches or tree trunks).

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Posted by AwesomePossum @ 2/24/2007 14:41  |    10

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Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 3/3/2007 22:11
When I read this I thought chipmunks :(

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skeddles (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 2/26/2007 18:51
tomorrow bush will invest billions of dollars in protecting our nations people against the dangers of spear-weilding chimps

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AwesomePossum (Level 1 Thug) @ 2/26/2007 15:42

Here is the correct link, or here is the url:

http://www.comcast.net/news/science/index.jsp?cat=SCIENCE&fn=/2007/02/23/594689.html


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schrumpfkopf (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 2/26/2007 08:26
those chimps are like 2 million years late :)

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AwesomePossum (Level 1 Thug) @ 2/26/2007 08:23
How come the link doesnt work now?

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veemobil (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 2/25/2007 23:16
My cat tweets at birds.

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sedgemonkey (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 2/25/2007 21:47
Fixed the link URL.

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Blick (Level 6 Commander) @ 2/25/2007 20:08
That'd be primates, silent sniper, not "primeapes". It's not that sick really, primates are a diverse group so it's nothing like cannibalism. If you look at the Euarchontoglires superorder, it's apparently shows close genetic matchings with rabbits, primates, shrews, lemurs etc. Perhaps not as closely related as a bushbaby and chimpanzee, but a chimpanzee eating a rabbit wouldn't weird me out since we've been doing the same for thousands of years.

I fucking love biology.

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silent sniper (Level 1 Depressed) @ 2/25/2007 19:29
primeapes eating primeapes? sick

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skeddles (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 2/25/2007 19:01
im scared

and the link doesnt say anything about monkeys

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