RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show
RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show

Chimps Vs. Humans: How Similar are We?

December 16, 20136 min
By learning about our relatives we can better understand ourselves.It is a generally accepted fact that humans evolved from Chimpanzee’s, but our similarities and differences are not what many people think."Give orange me give eat orange me eat orange give me eat orange give me you." That's the longest string of words that Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee who scientists raised as a human and taught sign language in the 1970s, ever signed. He was the subject of Project Nim, an experiment conducted by cognitive scientists at Columbia University to investigate whether chimps can learn language. What advantages do we have over them, and do they have any over us? By learning about our relatives we can better understand ourselves. Animal science expert Dale Peterson, PhD explores the genetic link between the two species and explain the similarities and differences.

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