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PARIS - Chimpanzees can be lethally violent to each other but this stems from an inherent streak and not, as some have suggested, from human interference, a study said on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Creative Zoologists, led by the famed Jane Goodall, have speculated for years on the causes of "chimpanzee wars" among Man's genetically-closest relatives. One theory is that the apes are made more aggressive as a result of human influence: loss of habitat or food creates ever-greater competition for resources. But new research, published in the journal Nature, said coordinated violence by Pan troglodytes is an evolutionary strategy. Chimps kill to wipe out rivals, thus gaining territory,...

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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...