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Chimpanzees don't just get their smarts by aping others - chimps, like humans, inherit a significant amount of their intelligence from their parents, new research reveals. Credit: Getty Creative Researchers measured how well 99 captive chimpanzees performed on a series of cognitive tests, finding that genes determined as much as 50 percent of the animals' performance. "Genes matter," said William Hopkins, a neuroscientist at Georgia State University in Atlanta and co-author of the study published today (July 10) in the journal Current Biology. [The 5 Smartest Non-Primates on the Planet] RELATED: 6 Shocking Things About Chimps "We have what we would call a smart chimp, and chimps we'd...

Chimps Reveal Their Taste in Music

If you ever run into a group of chimpanzees in a record store, you may find them congregating around the Indian classical section. Credit: Getty Creative That's according to a new study that tested the musical tastes of humans' primate cousins. The researchers found that while chimpanzees shun the steadily strong beats common in Western genres, they like Indian ragas and Akan tunes from West Africa. "Our objective was not to find a preference for different cultures' music," study co-author Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University in Atlanta, said in a statement. Rather, the researchers used music from Africa, India and Japan to test how the primates reacted to specific acoustic...

What an illuminating day. After spending 30 years living in cages and being used for medical testing, chimpanzees are brought into daylight for the first time. Their overwhelming joy is almost tangible, and it is a moment of triumph for those who fought to free the chimps. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Cows Literally Jump for Joy Disabled Dog Has Fun at the Beach What Sound Does a Squirrel Make?...

What's the best wood for constructing beds? According to chimpanzees, one wood is superior to all others for beds: Ugandan ironwood. Credit: Getty Creative And chimps should know. They make their own beds and sleep in them too, as the old saying goes. Each chimp is a bed builder. They seem to be picky as well. RELATED: Say Cheese! Similarities of Human, Primate Expressions "Chimpanzees, like humans, are highly selective when it comes to where they sleep," David Samson of the University of Nevada said in a press release. "This suggests that, for apes, there is something inherently attractive about a comfortable bed - down to what kind of wood you use to make it." Samson and colleague...

Bonobos have a reputation among the great apes as "hippie chimps," and new research hints that high levels of a key thyroid hormone may play a role in keeping the animals' aggression in check. Credit: Thinkstock Found in the lowland forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bonobos (Pan troglodytes) are closely related to chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) but the two diverge in behavior. PHOTOS: Most Athletic Monkeys Bonobos seem to diffuse social tension with an impressive repertoire of sex acts rather than physical fights. Males in particular show low levels of aggression - they even maintain platonic friendships with females and stick by their mothers into adulthood. The life of...