Why Chimp Huntresses Love Their Weapons

April 16, 2015 5:33 AM

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It sounds like something straight out of Planet of the Apes, and could turn a great deal of what experts thought they knew about chimps on its head: chimps are using tools - like tiny spears - to hunt prey, and it's females who are often bearing these weapons of choice.

Experts have long known that in most chimpanzee groups, adult male chimps are the main hunters and capture prey by hand. This is not unlike how early hunter-gatherer tribes worked according, to anthropologists' understanding of humanity's earliest years. And that should be no surprise, as chimpanzee...

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